Serving Metropolitan Police officer charged with child sex offences

A Metropolitan Police officer on duty was charged with a number of child sex offenses following an investigation by Hertfordshire Police.

Francois Olwage, 51, a detective constable associated with the Met’s special operations, was arrested Thursday at an address in Basingstoke.

He has been charged with four offenses and is due to appear in Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The Met’s Professional Standards Directorate was informed and Olwage was suspended.

The matter has also been referred to the Independent Police Behavior Bureau, the Met said.

Olwage is accused of attempting to sexually communicate with a child and inducing / inciting sexual activities to a girl aged 13-15.

He is also accused of arranging / facilitating the commission of a child sex offense and meeting a girl under 16 after being cared for.

Detective Chief Superintendent Donna Smith, Directorate of Professional Standards, said, “The arrest of DC Olwage follows an extensive investigation by Hertfordshire Police detectives and we will continue to offer them all assistance as their investigation continues.

“After his arrest for this serious and worrying crime, he was suspended from duty.

“He has been charged and is now facing criminal proceedings.

“It is important that nothing is said or published that could pose a risk to this process.”

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