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Nude photo plea PC jailed for 'improper relationship'

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Image caption PC Andrew Hurst admitted misconduct in a public office

A policeman who urged a vulnerable woman he met in the cells to send him naked photos and videos has been jailed.

PC Andrew Hurst, 33, of Bedford, was sentenced to eight and a half months in prison after admitting misconduct in a public office.

Hurst had started a four month "improper relationship" with the woman he met at Luton police station.

St Albans Crown Court heard that Hurst was "completely remorseful".

Prosecutor Neil Sandys said 26 images and two videos were recovered from Hurst's computer.

He said: "The defendant was a serving police officer for seven years. He took advantage of a very vulnerable woman, who he encountered in the course of his duties.

"He indulged in sexual conversations and received indecent images of her. She was in a state of undress, topless and fully naked."

'Betrayed trust'

There had been nine police incident logs about concerns for the woman's welfare between 1 November 2014 and 31 March 2015, the court heard.

On 5 November 2014, Hurst, of Carmicheal Drive, Shortstown, was on cell watch duty when the woman was arrested for shoplifting.

He offered to get her mental health support and contacted her on the phone and through social media, the court was told.

Mitigating, Susannah Stevens said the contact had started off with a "genuine policing purpose".

Judge Stephen Warner told Hurst: "You betrayed that trust by taking advantage of a highly vulnerable woman for your own sexual gratification.

"It is a tragic case for you. You have thrown away your career."

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