August 2004

Sex act Pc jailed for six months

A police officer has been sentenced to six months in prison for committing a sex act in front of young girls.

Pc Lee Doggett, 24, who has since resigned from Northumbria Police, was convicted at Newcastle Crown Court last month.

He had denied five counts of outraging public decency and four of indecency with a child, during incidents in Cramlington, Northumberland, last July.

Doggett was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.

Continued to deny

Newcastle Crown Court heard how he had been forced to put the house he shared with his fiancée up for sale.

Paul Greaney, defending, said: “As a former police officer and a man convicted of sex offences involving children, prison will be a particularly unpleasant experience.”

The court heard today how the ex-policeman continued to deny the charges.

Judge Tim Hewitt told him: “Your behaviour can only be described as obscene, indeed in many respects, pathetic.”

If there had been evidence of Doggett touching his victims, the sentence would have been tougher, the judge said.

He was jailed for six months, with a further 18 months supervision by the Probation Service.