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Det Sgt Mark Brashaw dismissed after indecent assault hearing

Mark Brashaw
Image caption Mr Brashaw was found to have breached force conduct standards

A Thames Valley police officer has been dismissed for gross misconduct following allegations that he indecently assaulted a colleague.

Det Sgt Mark Brashaw faced a misconduct hearing in Oxford after reports relating to two separate occasions while he was off-duty.

Det Ch Supt Tim De Meyer called the case "particularly concerning".

No criminal charges were brought when the matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The CPS acts when it believes there is enough evidence to provide a "realistic prospect of conviction", it said.

Mr Brashaw was found to have breached the force's Standards of Professional Behaviour for Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct.

The force declined to answer further questions about the officer or his career with Thames Valley Police.

Det Ch Supt De Meyer said: "Cases of this nature are extremely rare. However, the outcome sends a strong message to officers as to the consequences of this behaviour."

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