BTP officer avoids jail for sexually assaulting colleague after work drinks

The assault happened at London Bridge station (stock photo)  (AP)
The assault happened at London Bridge station (stock photo) (AP)

A British Transport Police officer narrowly avoided jail for sexually assaulting a female colleague after work drinks in London Bridge.

Sergeant Tristan Davis was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault relating to a night out in April 2021.

Davis sexually assaulted the officer on an escalator in London Bridge station as the pair travelled back from a night out with colleagues.

They boarded the same train where he went on to further assault the victim two more times, despite the woman making “numerous attempts to push him away”, BTP said in a statement on Friday.

“The victim was forced to leave her seat and stand in the aisle to escape Davis.”

The victim reported the incident to BTP’s Professional Standards Department and Davis was suspended while a criminal investigation took place.

In his police interview, Davis tried to claim to detectives his behaviour was “playful”.

He was found guilty on November 14 and on Friday the judge sentenced him to fifteen months in prison, suspended for two years.

He was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work, sign the sex offenders register and have an electronic curfew from 7pm-6am. He was also given a rehabilitation order.

Following his conviction, a fast track disciplinary hearing will be held.

Deputy Chief Constable Alistair Sutherland said: “Put simply, behaviour like this is not ‘playful’ – it is a serious criminal offence and it will always be treated as such.

“I am acutely aware of how damaging incidents like this are to public confidence in policing, and I am equally as appalled that a serving officer could ever think to conduct themselves in such a way.

“I would like to reassure the public that we will always relentlessly challenge and thoroughly investigate any officer who breaks the law or falls short of the exemplary standards we expect.”