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Merseyside Police officer jailed over forced sex act with prostitute

A police officer who forced a prostitute "to perform a sexual act or face arrest" has been jailed.

Temporary Sgt David Andrew Gibson, 43, was found guilty of misconduct in a public office after a trial.

Deputy Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Andy Cooke said Gibson had "taken advantage of a vulnerable woman" and "abused his position" when committing the offence in May 2015.

Gibson was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

Integrity and standards

Merseyside Police said Gibson had forced the woman to perform the sex act on him.

Mr Cooke said the offence was "a complete dereliction of duty and is not acceptable on any level".

"He was on duty and was there to protect our communities, not to satisfy his own needs," he said.

"He was in a position of trust and he abused that trust. We expect all of our officers and staff to uphold the highest standards of integrity and he fell well short of those standards."

Gibson was charged after an investigation by Merseyside Police's Anti-Corruption Unit and the Independent Police Complaints Commission and went on trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Merseyside Police said he has been dismissed from the force.

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