Friday, October 03, 2014

British cops face 'gross misconduct' inquiry by police watchdog over pedophile coverup

Two police officers have been told they are under investigation for gross misconduct over their handling of an indecent assault allegation against Jimmy Savile, the police watchdog has confirmed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said two officers from Sussex Police had been told they were facing a gross misconduct investigation over how they dealt with the allegation from a female victim.

The detective sergeant and detective constable could lose their jobs if a gross misconduct case is proved against them.

The sex allegation dated back to 1970 but it was reported to police in March 2008. It therefore represented a chance to unmask the BBC entertainer’s true nature as a persistent sex offender before his death in 2011.

The IPCC also disclosed that two senior officers in Sussex Police have also been told they are facing a misconduct investigation over the way they supervised the 2008 inquiries.

A detective chief inspector and a detective inspector could face a maximum penalty of a written warning if a misconduct case is proved against them.

None of the four officers has been named by the IPCC.

It was only after his death that Savile was exposed as one of Britain’s most prolific paedophiles and sex offenders.

Sussex Police was directed by the IPCC to refer the conduct of its officers for investigation last year.

Three other forces are also being investigated by the IPCC over their role in the Savile scandal.

A statement released by the watchdog said inquiries continue into the conduct of North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Surrey Police regarding information they received about Savile, or other officers’ contact with him.

Original report here



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