October 2017

Police special constable jailed after admitting child sex offences

A police special constable has been jailed for 15 months after admitting child sex offences.

Jack Baxter, 22, from Gorton, pleaded guilty to two charges of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act online.

He also admitted misconduct in a public office.

The offences related to allegations that Baxter engaged on-line in sexual activity with a girl he believed to be 13-years-old whilst he was on duty, in November last year.

Baxter ‘not only disgraced his own reputation but tarnished that of the vast majority of officers and staff’, his bosses at Lancashire police said.

Baxter was arrested in November last year following an investigation by Lancashire Constabulary’s Online Child Abuse Investigation Team.

He was based in the force’s west division, which covers Morecambe, Fleetwood and Blackpool.

At a Preston Crown Court sentencing hearing on Tuesday, October 17, Baxter was also subjected to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

The force said the offences relate to allegations that Baxter engaged in sexual activity online with a girl he believed was 13, while he was on duty.