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Police chief admits groping colleagues' bottoms

Police chief admits groping colleagues' bottoms

Special Chief Officer Cairn Newton-Evans, 28, faced a criminal investigation after two officers complained.
An award winning police chief has been sacked for touching the backsides of two colleagues on a drunken night out.

Special Chief Officer Cairn Newton-Evans, 28, who has won awards including the British Empire Medal for his work with LGBT communities, admitted he was ‘too drunk to remember groping his fellow officers’.

Newton-Evans was quizzed after officers complained about his behaviour.

He faced a criminal investigation after two officers complained – and was handed a caution for sexual assault.

A misconduct hearing was told Newton-Evans offered his resignation before being formerly sacked for gross misconduct.

Dyfed Powys Police said Newton-Evans has now been banned from working in law enforcement.

The disciplinary hearing was told that he offered to write letters to both of the victims and he accepted his behaviour was unprofessional and unlawful.

The incident took place on a staff night out in Carmarthen, West Wales, on November 8.

His Police Federation representative Sgt Roger Webb said: ‘Cairn Newton-Evans was a determined and passionate officer for 10 years.

‘He was an ambassador for the LGBT community and profoundly regrets his actions.’

Newton-Evans previously told how he was inspired to join the police 10 years earlier, after being a victim of a homophobic attack.

He said he wanted to change attitudes of his fellow officers towards LGBT communities.

Dyfed Powys Chief Constable Mark Collins said: ‘Cairn has given his time to Dyfed-Powys Police for many years and I am grateful for the work he has done.

‘However, as an organisation we will always strive to uphold standards of ethical and professional behaviour and where a representative of the force has done wrong, we will investigate and utilise the powers available to us, to ensure we maintain a workforce that continues to reflect the values by which we stand.’
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