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PC jailed for runaway teen sex plan is dismissed

PC Leigh Brightman Image copyright Hertfordshire Police/BBC
Image caption Leigh Brightman is serving a four-year jail sentence

A police officer jailed for arranging to have sex with a runaway teenage girl whose disappearance he was investigating has been dismissed.

Leigh Brightman, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to three counts of misconduct in public office.

Hertfordshire Constabulary dismissed him following a misconduct hearing.

The force said the 37-year-old "betrayed the trust placed in him by targeting such vulnerable victims".

Indecent images of a child

Brightman had been asked to investigate the disappearance of the girl, who was 15, and found her working as a prostitute.

He then contacted her to discuss sexual services and arranged for a taxi to bring her to his house.

He was caught after the girl told police about the plan.

Brightman, who was sentenced on 27 November, also had sex with two women he met while on duty, one in her 20s, the other in her 40s.

He also admitted two counts of downloading indecent images of a child between 2011 and 2014.

A police spokesman said Brightman had "betrayed the honour and values of Hertfordshire Constabulary in the worst way possible".

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