Disgraced ex police officer is found guilty of gross misconduct

Married policeman slept with missing 16-year-old girl at his home while his fellow officers were searching for her – then begged her to keep affair secret

  • PC Andrew Brooks had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl from Kent 
  • He later discovered she was a missing person who police were searching for 
  • Brooks pleaded with ‘Miss X’, telling her he ‘would lose everything’ if it came out 
  • He resigned in June 2019, although a misconduct panel ruled his actions were of gross misconduct, adding that he would have been dismissed had he not quit 

Disgraced former PC Andrew Brooks met the then 16-year-old in Maidstone town centre in Kent in March 2018 before inviting her back to his house for sex

A married police officer had sex with a 16-year-old girl despite officers investigating her disappearance as a missing person, a misconduct panel has found. 

Disgraced former PC Andrew Brooks met the then 16-year-old in Maidstone town centre in Kent in March 2018 before inviting her back to his house for sex.

Brooks, who resigned from the Met last year, slept with the teenager while his wife was away for the weekend and continued to text her even after she revealed her age.

They continued texting until Brooks realised the girl, known only as Miss X, was being investigated as a missing person by police. 

A misconduct panel found that Brooks pressured the girl into keeping their sexual encounter secret, breaching police standards through discreditable conduct and a lack of integrity. 

The breaches were proven at the level of gross misconduct. The panel concluded that, had PC Brooks still been a serving officer, he would have been dismissed. 

The panel heard that when Brooks found out that police had visited her house in connection with her disappearance, he texted her begging: ‘Can you please promise me that this won’t get back to me. I will lose everything.’

Ms X told him it wouldn’t, the panel said he should know from his police training that forcing ‘a child to lie could cause serious emotional harm and abuse’. 

The panel heard he told Miss X that he had attempted to take his own life the previous December, and that the news of his infidelity would ‘kill his wife’.

Police council John Goss said: ‘These are some pretty weighty matters to be putting on the shoulders of a 17-year-old girl, are they not?’

‘I had already explained some of the difficulties I was going through (to her),’ Brooks replied. 

He told the hearing he was concerned his wife, who also worked for Kent Police as civilian staff, might see his name attached to the case if it ever crossed her desk and realised he had been unfaithful.

Brooks remains married to his wife.

The panel concluded while Brooks did not breach police standards by kissing the girl in the park, the panel found he did pressure Miss X to conceal his identity despite her being vulnerable and in doing so had committed gross misconduct.

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