Officer and cadet leader charged over alleged sexual offences
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An officer who also previously ran the Trafford Volunteer Police Cadets has been charged with offences including misconduct in public office and sexual assault.
In October 2018, PC Adnan Ali was arrested on suspicion of police corruption, following a report of abuse of position for a sexual purpose.
GMP referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) who decided the investigation should be managed, and the investigation was carried out by GMP's Major Incident Team supported by the Professional Standards Branch, under the IOPC's independent direction and control.
The 34-year-old, based in Trafford, was arrested again on 16 November 2018 on suspicion of police corruption and sexual assault and on 13 March 2019 on suspicion of sexual assault, misconduct in public office and distributing an indecent image.
The investigation was completed and evidence passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in August 2019. The CPS has now authorised charges against the officer.
A number of victims and their families have received and continue to receive specialist support and a review into the Volunteer Police Cadet scheme commenced immediately in 2018 and has seen a vast number of improvements made across the force.
PC Ali has today been charged with:
15 counts of misconduct in a public office
Five counts of sexual assault
Distribution of an indecent image of a child
PC Ali will appear before Liverpool Magistrates' Court on 5 August 2021.
Assistant Chief Constable Nicky Porter said: "I understand charges of this nature towards a Greater Manchester Police Officer will cause concern amongst the public, particularly with those who are involved in the Trafford Volunteer Police Cadets scheme. I want to offer assurances that we have worked closely with the IOPC on the investigation and a review of the cadet scheme was launched immediately following the initial report. We have and will continue to provide specialist support to all those affected by this case.
"I would urge anyone with information to contact the investigation team directly via email on [email protected] or by calling 0161 856 7386. Greater Manchester Victims' Services can provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by crime. You can contact your local service by dialling 0161 200 1950, or request a call back via www.gmvictims.org.uk, to talk through support available from trained Independent Victim Advocates. Due to the case being subject to legal proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time."