Ex-Met detective Ryan Coleman Farrow on misconduct charges

An ex detective specialising in rape cases is to be prosecuted for allegedly faking police records.

Ryan Coleman Farrow will be charged with 13 counts of misconduct in a public office, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

The former detective constable "wilfully engaged in conduct amounting to an abuse of the public's trust", charges against him will say.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 20 June.

The charges relate to allegations of misconduct between January 2007 and September 2010, while he was an officer at Kingston upon Thames, south-west London, working for Scotland Yard's specialist Sapphire unit.

"The 13 charges include allegations that Mr Coleman Farrow failed to perform his duty in investigating rape and sexual assault cases, falsified entries on the police's Crime Report Information System and falsified records of CPS decisions which had never actually been referred to the CPS," specialist lawyer with the CPS Rosemary Fernandes said.

"I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case," she added.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said charges followed an independent investigation by the police watchdog "which examined concerns about how he had conducted crime investigations and allegations that he had falsified statements and reports".

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