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PC Spencer to face police disciplinary hearing after admitting groping woman in Ashford nightclub

By Molly Mileham-Chappell

A police officer who admitted groping a woman's breasts in an Ashford nightclub faces a disciplinary hearing with the force this week.

The incident took place earlier this year on Tuesday, February 28 when the officer, named as PC Spencer (13614), was on a night out while off-duty.

The officer has received a criminal caution for his actions.

Police have been criticised
Police have been criticised

The hearing statement reads: "The Fast Track Misconduct Hearing has been convened due to an incident that occurred at a nightclub in Ashford on 28 February 2017.

"Whilst off-duty at the nightclub, PC Spencer momentarily inappropriately touched the breasts of a female who was unknown to him, before being pushed away.

"When interviewed, the officer admitted the behaviour and received a criminal caution.

"The alleged conduct amounts to gross misconduct for the following reasons: The officer’s behaviour fell far below that which is expected of a police officer and brings discredit upon the police service, undermining public confidence.

"His conduct is alleged to amount to a breach of the Standard of Professional Behaviour relating to Discreditable Conduct.

"The nature of the allegation is so serious that the full range of sanctions, including dismissal without notice, should be available."

PC Spencer is expected to attend a hearing at the Maidstone police headquarters this Friday about the incident and how the conduct is alleged to amount to gross misconduct.

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