PC Dicks and sergeant guilty of gross misconduct by having sex in police station

An ex-police sergeant and a serving constable have both been found to have committed gross misconduct by having sex in their police station.

Adam Reed, 40, and Jemma Dicks, 28, were said to have brought the reputation of the police service into disrepute after the junior officer performed oral sex on her superior on at least three occasions at Cardiff Central police station.

On Wednesday, a misconduct panel told PC Dicks that her breaches of standards of professional behaviour left her at risk of being sacked from South Wales Police, with Mr Reed already having quit the force.

PC Dicks will now await a decision on sanctions which is expected to be delivered later on Wednesday.

Chairwoman Emma Boothroyd said Mr Reed, a married father of two, had "manipulated" the younger officer during their 10-month fling, with PC Dicks looking up to him as a replacement after her police officer father died.

But she said PC Dicks' decision to perform the sex acts on Mr Reed on at least three occasions between November 2017 and August 2018 – once while she was on duty – was a "serious breach of professional behaviour" and amounted to gross misconduct.

Ms Boothroyd said: "The public would expect a police officer on duty to be focused on her duties and not engaging in sexual conduct while at the police station."

She added: "Using a police station to engage in sexual liaisons, even while off duty, undermines public trust in the police."

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Ms Boothroyd said each of the sexual encounters at the Cardiff police station had been "orchestrated" by Mr Reed "primarily for his own sexual gratification", with each occasion starting with him becoming jealous of PC Dicks' contact with male colleagues or becoming irritated at her working late.

PC Dicks told the hearing that she willingly performed the acts to please Mr Reed and to avoid upsetting him, believing they were in a relationship and after he had made threats to take his own life.

One of the encounters was filmed on Mr Reed's mobile phone, with PC Dicks being described as "smiling and playing to the camera", though she denied knowing she was being recorded.

She said Mr Reed had become abusive and controlling during their affair, saying he accused her of sleeping with other men, and regularly went through her phone messages and refused her access to her friends and to events.

But case presenter Barney Branston claimed during the hearing that PC Dicks' actions were consensual, and described claims that coercive control was used to manipulate the junior officer into carrying out the sex acts was "moonshine".

Ms Boothroyd told the hearing that she was satisfied there had been an "imbalance" in the pair's relationship, with text messages between them showing PC Dicks was "in love with Mr Reed and looked up to him".

"The panel found it understandable she was comforted and flattered by the attention from Mr Reed. She wanted to please him and was on occasions angry he would not leave his wife."

She said all allegations facing Mr Reed, who left the force in the wake of the allegations, had also been found proven and that they amounted to gross misconduct.

He had admitted only one of the encounters with PC Dicks at the police station, while he accepted another allegation of covertly taking photographs of the feet of another female colleague because he had a "foot fetish".

He also admitted an allegation of having sex with an unnamed female PCSO, who has since become a police officer, at the same station, but denied it was while he was on duty.

The hearing continues.

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