Detective constable for Greater Manchester Police, 40, is charged with string of child sex offences
- Detective Constable Lee Cunliffe, 40, was charged with seven child sex crimes
- The charges include possession and distribution of an indecent image of a child
- Mr Cunliffe bailed to appear at Manchester Magistrates Court on October 26
A police officer in Manchester was charged Tuesday with a string of child sex offences.
Detective Constable Lee Cunliffe, 40, is accused of two counts of arranging and/or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and three counts of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child.
He is also charged with one count of possession of an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child and one count of distributing such a photo.
The officer was arrested on December 15 last year and has been suspended ever since, a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokesman said.
He was bailed Tuesday to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court on October 26 at 10.30am.
Mr Cunliffe is also facing two charges of misconduct in a public office and two counts of perverting the course of public justice.
The officer worked in the GMP’s Salford District.
Detective Constable Lee Cunliffe, 40, is accused of two counts of arranging and/or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and three counts of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child. Pictured: GMP headquarters
It comes after official figures released earlier this month showed almost 2,000 police and community support officers have been accused of sex offences including rape, sexual assault and child sex offences over the past four years.
The allegations – made mostly against men – include more than 370 of sexual assault, nearly 100 of rape and 18 of child sex offences, according to Freedom of Information figures – and just eight per cent of those accusations led to a dismissal, 39 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales said.
The Times reported that in the past month there were more than 40 misconduct outcome notices published relating to officers and staff in England and Wales.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that there have been 1,147 hearings since 2018.