Met counter-terrorism officer convicted of child sex offences dismissed from force

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Hertfordshire Police of Francois Olwage, 52, a detective constable  (PA)
Hertfordshire Police of Francois Olwage, 52, a detective constable (PA)

A Met counter-terrorism officer convicted of child sex offences has been dismissed without notice following a misconduct hearing.

Detective Constable Francois Olwage was jailed for five-and-a-half years in April for child sex offences and police corruption.

Winchester Crown Court heard he arranged to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex when he was “on duty working from home” but had actually been chatting online with an undercover police officer.

He was arrested at a McDonald’s restaurant in Basingstoke by two undercover officers as he was about to buy a McFlurry ice cream to take to his meeting.

When searched, the officers found in his bag two condoms, a bottle of lubricant and a packet of Tadalafil erectile dysfunction tablets.

The misconduct investigation, run by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS), found Olwage breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct.

Detective Chief Superintendent Donna Smith, from the DPS, said: “DC Olwage’s conduct was proven to have brought the police service into disrepute and has damaged the trust and confidence the public should rightly be able to have in their police service.

“It is simply an unforgivable breach of trust and we are grateful to colleagues in Hertfordshire Constabulary for their diligent investigation. Because of this work, and the efforts of our professional standards investigators, this individual has been brought to justice and dismissed from the Met.

“Within the Met, there are far too many examples of people letting us down and we are undermined by those who do not uphold the values and standards rightly expected of us.

“We are clear that we do not want them in the Met and are determined to root them out.”

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