A police constable has been dismissed without notice after he was found to have committed gross misconduct.
PC Kevin Mohess, of North East Command Unit, was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of authority, respect and courtesy, confidentiality and discreditable conduct.
A three-day misconduct hearing in June heard, whilst on duty on 30 October 2018, PC Mohess attended the address of a vulnerable female, Ms X, who wished to report that nude and intimate pictures of her had been circulated on social media without her permission.
It was alleged that, between 15 November 2018 and 6 December 2018, PC Mohess contacted the female via social media. PC Mohess suggested that they meet for a drink and that Ms X should send him nude and intimate pictures.
The victim recognised PC Mohess from his social media pictures as an officer she had reported her crime to.
It was further alleged that PC Mohess used confidential information, obtained in his role as a police officer, to encourage the victim to send nude and intimate pictures of herself.
The panel found all the allegations to be proven and ruled the appropriate sanction was a dismissal without notice.