June 2015

Ex-police officer who was branded a ‘dangerous offender’ and jailed for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl will STILL receive almost half his pension

A former police officer who was branded a ‘dangerous offender’ and jailed for sexual offences against a 13-year-old girl will be allowed to keep some of his pension despite being jailed.

Russell Dew, 48, was sentenced to six years in 2011 after details of grooming and sexual activity with the schoolgirl emerged. 

The married father-of-four from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, had groomed his victim in more than 1,000 emails and made her film him as he writhed around on the floor in women’s clothing. 

He had served in the police for 17 years when he was jailed in 2011 for a range of sexual offences. 

Today the Police and the Crime Commissioner revealed it would be docking the paedophile’s pension by 60 per cent following a hearing. 

It is not known how much Dew will receive once he retires having had a number of roles within Nottinghamshire Police and Scotland Yard over 17 years. 

Officers are typically awarded one sixtieth of their final year salary for every year worked upon retirement at the age of 60.   

A statement released today by the force said: ‘The Police and Crime Commissioner has confirmed that former Inspector Russell Dew will have 60 per cent of the contributions to [his] force pension forfeited.

Dew was jailed in 2011 after a court heard how he capitalised on his experience at youth centres to gain the trust of the girl when her parents had split up. 

The pair were banned from seeing each other by the girl’s mother who became suspicious of their relationship but Dew continued to abuse her undeterred, sending her thousands of emails. 

In one sordid encounter the pair ‘wrestled’ on the floor before simulating sex with Dew, an Australian national, dressed in tights and a skirt.

Jailing him for six years in 2011 at Nottingham Crown Court, Mrs Justice Macur the paedophile used his experience as a police officer to conceal his depraved behaviour.  

‘Your position of trust, and one which involved you at stages of your career an overview not only of domestic violence but also of sexual offenders, would have been encouraged by your work into thinking that you could cover your tracks,’ she said. 

December 2011

Policeman who wore skirt and tights to wrestle with ‘vulnerable’ girl, 13, is jailed for six years

A married police inspector has been jailed after he persuaded a teenager to film him as he lay on the floor dressed in a skirt, tights and handcuffs.

Father-of-four Russell Dew, 44, an officer with Nottinghamshire Police, took advantage of the 13-year-old girl, drawing on his experience at a domestic abuse centre that he had helped to set up.

She saw him as a ‘father figure’ after her parents split up in 2009 and they exchanged more than 1,000 emails including one in which he told her she gave him a ‘good feeling’.

Her mother became suspicious of what was happening and initially told him to exercise caution before banning them from contacting one another.

Ignoring the warning, however, he abused her in his car and at his home in Newark, Nottinghamshire. When she stopped them from seeing one another, they continued to keep in touch through email.

Prosecutor Andrew Peet told Nottingham Crown Court that Dew ‘wrestled’ with the girl on the floor before they had simulated sex while he was dressed in the skirt and tights.

Mrs Justice Macur said Dew’s behaviour was a ‘selfish and intended pursuit of this girl for the ultimate pleasure of yourself’.

She added that Dew, originally from Melbourne, Australia, had no previous convictions but would also be placed on the sex offenders register.

‘Your offending was sexual, predatory and malign,’ she said. ‘Your guilty plea was an indication of remorse, but on your own terms, not due to the harm you have inflicted.’

Mrs Justice Macur said the length of sentence reflected that she believed him to be a ‘dangerous offender’ who would have been aided by the knowledge he attained during his time in the police force.

‘Your position of trust, and one which involved you at stages of your career an overview not only of domestic violence but also of sexual offenders, would have been encouraged by your work into thinking that you could cover your tracks.’

On another occasion the girl filmed him as he lay on the floor wearing his police-issue handcuffs and his work shirt. Before filming, Dew and the teenager had been handcuffed together by their wrists.

She can be heard giggling and mimicking his Australian accent as she straddled him and he pulled faces, and grimaced while she plucked hairs from his chest.

Becoming concerned about his own actions, Dew sent an email to the girl, who cannot be named, saying: ‘It is increasingly difficult for me not to be near you.

‘You have a certain something about you that attracts me. I know I pushed the boundaries with you, but I know that is not right.

‘Maybe it would be better if I tried to stay away. Our odd relationship is worrying me.’

Dew, a Roman Catholic who said he did not have sex with his wife because of religious beliefs, clutched Rosary beads as he was sentenced to six years in prison for five counts of sexual activity with a child between February and August 2010.

They continued to swap emails, which he sent from his police account, and he was arrested when one of the victim’s teachers became worried about self-harming and the abuse came to light.

He initially claimed she had ‘made it all up’, and said she was blackmailing him after discovering he enjoyed wearing womens’ clothing but eventually admitted to the offences.

Mr Peet said the girl told police after Dew’s arrest: ‘I looked for someone outside the family circle in whom I could confide. I had a great deal of trust in him.’

In a statement the victim said she could no longer sleep properly and felt ‘safe’ with Dew because of his profession as a police officer.

She said: ‘I feel angry about what he has done. I would not want anyone to feel like I feel now.’

The girl’s mother said she now questioned her own judgement and felt she was ‘enduring a life sentence of regret’ in not preventing the abuse.

Sonil Alhaya, defending, said Dew was ‘full of remorse’, and had ‘lost his career and reputation.’

Judge Mrs Justice Macur told Dew that the offences ‘reflect a course of conduct that you were undoubtedly grooming for sexual purposes a vulnerable 13-year-old girl’.

She added that the girl’s mother had initially seen Dew as a ‘knight in shining armour’, but that he had in fact indulged in a ‘selfish and intended pursuit’ in which the ‘ultimate act was ‘simulating sexual intercourse’.

The judge also quoted a pre-sentence report in which Dew was referred to as a ‘manipulative, dangerous individual’ who represented a ‘high-risk to children’.

Dew was told he would have to sign the sex offenders’ register, and banned from working with children for life.

He resigned from Nottinghamshire Police on August 18 this year following his arrest. At the time, he was the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Mansfield, and was based at the town’s police station.

He spent eight years with the Royal Navy before joining the Metropolitan Police. He set up a centre in Croydon to help families affected by abuse before moving to Nottingham in 2002.

He set up a centre in Croydon to help families affected by abuse and led police projects to tackle domestic violence, then moved to Nottingham in 2002.

He worked in the district of St Ann’s and the Bridewell custody suite, next to Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, before becoming local area commander for the town of Hucknall in 2008.

DCI Di Heydon, from Nottingham Police, said Dew’s actions went ‘against our role as police officers, which is ultimately to protect innocent people and keep them safe.’