A police officer who admitted having sex on the job has been cleared of misconduct – despite failing to respond to three call-outs.
PC Lee Haworth visited Katrina Ianson-Hughes’s house in Oswaldtwistle for sex while on duty on April 5 last year, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
Prosecutors said the pair met during an investigation into an alleged assault on Miss Ianson-Hughes and had exchanged texts ‘of a sexual nature’.
Prosecutors said the 39-year-old said he would attend an incident in Clayton-le-Moors and told the call handler to mark it on the computer system that he was attending.
But he did not leave Miss Ianson-Hughes’s kitchen.
Moments after receiving the call, another officer said they would also go to the incident.
GPS records for Haworth’s police car showed that the car was parked outside her home for about an hour, prosecutors said.
Then there was a call to a ‘grade one’ emergency.
Haworth did not volunteer to help and the call handler had to speak to a sergeant to rearrange patrols because they were ‘struggling for back up’, a judge was told.
Haworth told the court he thought there was no need for him to volunteer.
Finally, prosecutors alleged he did not respond immediately to a call for concern about an elderly man in Accrington.
Haworth told a judge that regardless of the outcome of his four-day trial, his resignation from Lancashire Police was ‘in hand’.
The defendant, described by his colleagues as an ‘exemplary’ officer, had earlier admitted two breaches of the data protection act, for which he received a £700 fine.
His barrister told Liverpool Crown Court: ‘He embarrassed the force, he let himself down and he let his partner down.’
But he claimed the rapid response officer was still within the patch, would have been able to respond to any emergencies he was called to and he did not take any other breaks of any sort resulting in spending the same amount of time on visible patrol.
The jury heard evidence from call handlers who said that night was a ‘reasonably quiet’ Friday and that all demands were met by other police officers.
Haworth also told the judge that while he was having sex with Miss Ianson-Hughes he kept his radio on and had been listening to it in case he might be needed.
Nick Clarke, QC, for the defendant, said: ‘He was not on visible patrol, it was said, whilst he was at Katrina’s, but he was still there within the patrol area and he would have been able to respond to any emergency that he was in fact called to.
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