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Met Police officer convicted of sexually assaulting child

   (PA Archive)
(PA Archive)

A serving Met Police officer is facing a misconduct hearing after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a child.

Police Constable Farhan Ghadiali, attached to the Central West Command, was found guilty of sexual assault on Friday after a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The incident happened in Essex on September 22, 2019 while he was off-duty.

Following his arrest, the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards was informed and he was suspended from duty.

Ghadiali was charged by Essex Police and originally appeared for trial at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court in May 2022, when the outcome was a hung jury.

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But he was on Friday found guilty following a retrial.

Detective Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson of Area West Command Unit said: “PC Ghadiali has been found guilty of an extremely serious offence made even worse by the fact he is a serving police officer; someone who should be protecting the public from harm.

“PC Ghadiali had betrayed the oath he made when he became a police officer, his actions are shocking and appalling.

“We are determined to prove to the public they can trust the Metropolitan Police Service, and our officers will be made to account for their actions if they fail to abide by our standards.”

Scotland Yard says Ghadiali will face a misconduct hearing, now criminal proceedings have concluded.

Ghadiali’s conviction comes at a difficult time for the Met, following the publication on Tuesday of a damning report by Baroness Louise Casey, that found the force to be “institutionally racist, sexist and homophobic”.