The husband of a police sergeant under investigation over allegations she had sex while on duty with a chief inspector has spoken of his devastation at claims of the extra-marital affair.
Nick Porter, 46, himself a retired police officer, said his life had been turned upside down after he learned of the allegations that his wife Sarah, 41, had been involved in a close relationship with senior officer, Chief Inspector Rob Leet.
Sussex Police has said it is in the "early stages" of a gross misconduct investigation “following an allegation of on-duty sexual activity between two serving officers”.
Mr Porter, who lives in Bexhill, Sussex, said: “The impact of this has been massive. I am absolutely devastated by this. Sarah and I have a young child and this is having a huge impact on the whole family.”
The claims are vehemently denied and the Police Federation, which is representing the pair during the internal investigation, has stressed there is no evidence to back up the allegations. It has said the two officers are victims of false rumours circulating in the force.
I’ve been hung out to dry. The effect this has had on me, my family, the children, on work - it’s absolutely devastating.
Chief Inspector Rob Leet
Chief Insp Leet, a married father-of-four, said the claims that he is involved with Sgt Porter were “completely untrue.”
He said: “I’ve been hung out to dry. The effect this has had on me, my family, the children, on work - it’s absolutely devastating.
“And yet the Federation has made it quite clear there is no case of gross misconduct here and that was evident fairly early on.
“It’s damaging family-wise, every single one of my friends knows, career-wise - that’s my reputation now.”
Sgt Porter did not comment but Inspector Matt Webb, chairman of the Sussex Police Federation, said:“Neither of them will be making a comment over this as they are yet to be interviewed formally.”
Insp Webb said investigators had told him that there has been ‘no evidence’ to support the initial allegations and that the inquiry “is looking a great deal less serious than it did”. Neither officer is suspended.
As The Telegraph reported on Tuesday, two officers in the Sussex force have been sacked since Christmas - one for working as a male prostitute while on sick leave and another for suggesting his female boss resembled a porn star and then circulating a sexually explicit image of the pornographic actress.
A third officer was arrested last week on suspicion of misconduct in public office over allegations he had sex with women he met while on duty.