Saturday, August 30, 2014

UK: Rotherham police officer charged with child sex offence

A Rotherham based police officer has been charged with a child sex offence.

Police Constable Daniel Cookson, 27, appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court charged with causing a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

PC Cookson was arrested in November, but was only charged last week, South Yorkshire Police said.

The force, which is facing criticism over its handling of child sexual exploitation cases, did not announce that the officer had been charged at the time, but issued a statement confirming that Pc Cookson had appeared in court.

A statement issued by the force said: "A South Yorkshire Police PC has been charged with causing a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity. Daniel Cookson, 27, who was previously based in Rotherham, was charged with the offence on Thursday 21 August.

"It allegedly happened between March and November 2013. He was suspended from his position in the force when he was arrested in November 2013, pending the outcome of the investigation.

"He has been released on bail pending further enquiries."

PC Cookson is next due to appear before Leeds Crown Court on September 11.

Original report here




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