Nottinghamshire PC Simon Abell admits 'sex texts' to crime victim

A policeman has admitted sending "sex texts" to a woman he had contact with while he was a serving officer.

Intelligence officer Pc Simon Abell, who was based at Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday.

Nottinghamshire Police said the woman was a "vulnerable victim of crime".

Abell, 42, has been suspended from the force. He was bailed and will be sentenced on 4 July.

The court heard that he sent sexually inappropriate messages by mobile phone and on Facebook between 4 November 2011 and 13 February 2012.

'Very sad'

Wearing a blue shirt and dark blue striped tie, Abell pleaded not guilty to two further misconduct charges of sexually inappropriate behaviour in 2011 and 2012.

The prosecution agreed no further action would be taken on those two charges.

Adjourning sentencing for reports, Judge Stuart Rafferty QC said "all options" were open.

He told Abell: "You have pleaded guilty. It is very sad to see you in the position that you are."

Speaking after the hearing, Det Supt Jackie Alexander said: "What Simon Abell did goes against everything that we, as a police force, stand for.

"He should have been there to protect vulnerable people and uphold the law but he abused this position of trust and failed to meet the high standards of integrity and professionalism that we expect from all our officers and employees."

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