Met Police officer found guilty of stalking woman he met on duty during ‘campaign of harassment’
A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been found guilty of stalking after repeatedly harassing a woman he met while he was on duty.
PC Jonathan Simon was found guilty following a two-day trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and will be sentenced on Tuesday, April 4.
He was arrested on July 4 in relation to the disturbing behaviour which took place between October 2021 and July 2022.
He first met the woman when on duty in May 2021 and began a relationship with her, which she later ended.
He then made repeated visits to her home - some of which while he was on duty - and left her messages and voicemails, despite having been told she did not want to see him anymore.
In one instance, he attended her home address and then her place of work and suggested her window was unsecured in an apparent bid to get her to speak to him.
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards were informed and made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
PC Simon was attached to the East Area Command Unit, which covers Redbridge, Havering and Barking & Dagenham.
He remains suspended from duty.
Misconduct proceedings will now take place as soon as possible.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell, responsible fore policing in East Area Command Unit, said: "PC Simon’s behaviour was unwarranted, unwanted and caused significant concern to the victim. Our officers cannot behave like this and we will be proactive in identifying and taking positive action against those who do.
"Despite being repeatedly asked to stop he subjected the victim to a campaign of harassment which caused her considerable distress. He abused his position as a police officer and has now rightly been convicted as a result."