Ex-Police officer who texted vulnerable women and made indecent images of children jailed
A former police officer who used his position to send thousands of text messages to vulnerable women has been jailed for 12 months, police have said.
Lee Lucas, 39, was also sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court to one month in prison after 1,400 indecent images of children were found on his computer.
Lucas worked for South Yorkshire Police as a Pc at Rotherham’s Main Street police station from July 2010.
South Yorkshire Police said an investigation into whether any officers were abusing their position by contacting vulnerable members of the public found “excessive and unexplained contact” between Lucas and eight women in 2013.
A force spokesman said: “The women were vulnerable members of the public who had contacted the police in relation to various incidents, including harassment, domestic abuse and other crime.
“Lucas met them when he was deployed to incidents involving the women.
“The investigation revealed that he maintained contact with the women, sharing thousands of text messages with them and also visiting some of them at their homes.”
Further investigation revealed the indecent images on Lucas’s computer.
Lucas pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to misconduct in a public office and eight counts of making indecent images of children.
The former officer was suspended by the force after his conviction in October.
Terry Mann, head of professional standards at South Yorkshire Police, said: ” This was an operation generated by the force’s professional standards department to explore whether any officers were abusing their position with victims of domestic abuse and other crime.
“This shows that we were willing and able to investigate officers’ wrongdoing and deal with it thoroughly and clearly. The victims were supported throughout what must have been a very upsetting time.
“I would like to reassure the public that Lucas was the most serious case out of a very small number of officers who made improper contact with such victims. They have all now been dealt with.”
Mr Mann said the matter was referred to police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission, who supervised the inquiry.
Sheffield police officer pleads guilty to child abuse images charges
A police officer has admitted making 1,400 indecent images of children and sending “suggestive and flirtatious” messages to vulnerable women.
South Yorkshire PC Lee Lucas, 39, admitted eight counts of making indecent images and one of misconduct in a public office at Sheffield Crown Court.
Lucas, of Prince of Wales Road, Sheffield, shared thousands of messages with eight women who had contacted the force in relation to various incidents
He will be sentenced on 21 December.
Lucas was exposed when an internal investigation found he had had “excessive and unexplained contact” with the women in 2013.
It was revealed today that two other officers have been sacked for having ‘inappropriate contact’ with vulnerable members of the public through the internal investigation, which was called Operation Pigeon.
The force said Lucas, who was based in Rotherham, had stayed in contact with the women after they had contacted police in relation to various incidents, including harassment and domestic abuse.
It said messages sent by Lucas were “inappropriate, suggestive and flirtatious”.
In December 2013, officers searched Lucas’ home and seized his police phone, his personal mobile phone, and also his computer hard drive. When police examined his computer, around 1,400 indecent images of children were discovered.
Dept Ch Const Andrew Holt said: “Lee Lucas is quite simply a disgrace and his actions will disgust all members of the force.
“South Yorkshire Police deal robustly with these offences and it is worthy of note that his actions were uncovered in an internal inquiry and this has been pursued vigorously through to a criminal prosecution.”
Lucas, who was bailed ahead of sentencing, was suspended from duty in December 2013. He will appear before the Chief Constable for a special case hearing at a later date.