12:49 1 March 2022
14:07 1 March 2022
An on-duty police officer who took photos of a woman posing with a sex toy alongside her colleague has been sacked by Hertfordshire Police.
PC Mark Crompton, of Stevenage, also picked up the woman from a police vehicle, where he did not report an officer taking explicit footage.
The officer, who served the force for 15 years, was fired after a misconduct hearing into the two incidents – which took place in December 2012 and January 2013 – found his behavior breached professional standards.
PC Crompton had worked in uniform roles including road policing and response, and was based in Luton Airport Armed Police Unit when the investigation began.
Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who made the decision to sack PC Crompton, said ‘what happened cannot be defended. This is disgraceful behavior for a duty officer.”
The February 16 hearing heard PC Crompton accept that he, along with another officer, picked up a woman he had a casual sex relationship with in a police car.
She had been drinking alcohol and exposing herself, which the other officer, called PC B, photographed. PC Crompton was aware of, but did not arrest or report the incident.
PC Crompton also agreed while on duty that he and PC B visited the woman, where she was encouraged to use a sex toy. PC Crompton took a photo of PC B in uniform standing next to Ms A while she was naked from the waist down.
Police Chief Hall found the officer breached standards of professional behavior a third time by failing to report the other officer’s behavior.
All three allegations constituted serious misconduct.
It was noted that there was no suggestion that significant harm was done to the woman, or that officers failed to respond to police incidents following their actions.
Chief Constable Hall noted that PC Crompton had been a ‘highly valued police officer’ with a streak of accolades and his colleagues spoke well of him.
However, that was not enough to save his job. Chief Constable Hall said: ‘What happened is outrageous and significantly damages public trust.
“I’m just glad it came to light, so I can show the public how seriously I take this matter.”
PC Crompton was sacked and placed on the banned list.