Former police officer ‘had sexual relationships with 13 women while on the job’

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Police officer misconduct - Joe Giddens
Police officer misconduct - Joe Giddens

A former police officer has been charged with misconduct in public office over alleged sexual relationships he conducted with 13 women.

Daniel Nash, who served as a police constable with Derbyshire Police, is accused of initiating and pursuing the relationships “during the course of his duties” between 2015 and 2020, the police watchdog said.

A complaint was first received about the 40-year-old by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in August 2020. Mr Nash has since resigned from the force.

An investigation into the former officer was ordered by the IOPC and conducted by the counter-corruption unit at Derbyshire Police, before he was charged on Friday.

A serving officer, Pc Matthew Longmate, has also been charged with one count of misconduct in public office, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The charge against the 46-year-old is “joined with one faced by Pc Nash” and relates to an allegation that Pc Longmate engaged in sexual acts with a woman during the course of his duties in October 2015, the IOPC said.

He is currently suspended from his duties.

Both defendants are due to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 20.

Derbyshire Police said in a statement: “Derbyshire Constabulary expects the highest level of standards and professionalism from our officers and staff.

Force has 'fully supported the investigation'

“Should the alleged offences against the two men be found proven then they would fall far below those expected of Derbyshire Constabulary employees.

“The force referred the alleged offences to the Independent Office for Police Conduct and have fully supported the investigation.”

Rosemary Ainslie, the head of the special crime division of the CPS, said: “The CPS has authorised Derbyshire Constabulary counter corruption unit, led by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, to charge ex-police officer Daniel Nash with 13 offences of misconduct in public office.

“The CPS has also authorised one charge of misconduct in public office against serving police officer, Matthew Longmate.

“The alleged offences took place between 2015 and 2020.

“The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges to a court to consider.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Daniel Nash and Matthew Longmate are active and that they have the right to a fair trial.”