Essex Police detective guilty of gross misconduct over sex comments

Crime / Wed 5th Jul 2023 at 02:10pm

A FORMER Essex Police officer who behaved inappropriately towards a colleague has been found to have committed gross misconduct. 

Former DS Nicholas Worton had been accused of directing unwanted and unwarranted sexualised comments and contact towards a colleague on several occasions in November 2021.

An Essex Police misconduct hearing commenced at 10am on Tuesday 27 June. 
The panel, led by Independent Legally Qualified Chair Lyndsey De-Mestre KC, found the allegations were proven and former DS Nicholas Worton would have been dismissed had he still been serving. 

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: “Our work to tackle inappropriate sexualised behaviour, so often directed towards women and girls in Essex, does not stop when it reaches our own front door. 
“I expect the highest standards of professionalism and respect from all officers and staff within the force.  

“Former DS Nicholas Worton’s behaviour was utterly unacceptable.
“His behaviour fell far below the standards the public of Essex expect and the overwhelming majority of my colleagues deliver day to day. 

“I encourage anyone, be it from within our communities or across the Essex Police family, to report something that’s not right. It will be taken seriously.

“I would finally pay tribute to my colleague who reported his inappropriate behaviour for their exemplary integrity, fortitude and professionalism throughout this process.”

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2 Comments for Essex Police detective guilty of gross misconduct over sex comments:

David Forman
2023-07-05 23:36:28

Nice to see some police officers are principled enough to report their colleagues for inappropriate behaviour. Sadly, still more rotten apples need to be removed, but times and attitudes have changed for the better.

Not my King
2023-07-07 05:21:55

Nicholas Worton would have been dismissed had he still been serving. But instead .... Went to the market? stayed home? Had roast beef? Had none? Cried wee wee wee all the way home?

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