September 2019

West Midlands Police officer sacked after admitting sexually grooming 12-year-old girl

West Midlands Police officer Stephen Shaw was dismissed without notice on Wednesday after a misconduct hearing chaired by his Chief Constable

A police sergeant who admitted two child grooming charges after sending an indecent image to an undercover officer has been sacked by his force for gross misconduct.

West Midlands Police officer Stephen Shaw was dismissed without notice on Wednesday after a misconduct hearing chaired by his Chief Constable.

A hearing at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court in August was told Shaw sent messages to a social media account being operated by an undercover officer posing online as a 12-year-old girl.

Married Shaw was arrested on August 22 and appeared in court the following day to admit charges of attempting to cause or incite a female under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

The Luton-born 46-year-old, who served in the Coventry area, was granted bail pending a sentencing hearing in November.

The earlier hearing was told Shaw sent messages to a fake profile being operated by an officer pretending to be aged almost 13, telling her she could “pass for 15” before making numerous comments about sexual acts in online chats.

A lawyer acting for Shaw said the officer had never met with a child he had chatted to online and had “half expected” the profile he had contacted to be an adult posing as a youngster.

August 2019

A police sergeant has admitted two child grooming charges after a court heard he sent a photo of his penis to an undercover colleague posing online as a 12-year-old girl.

Married Stephen Shaw, of West Midlands Police, was arrested on Thursday after unwittingly sending messages to the covert officer via an unnamed social media platform.

The Luton-born 46-year-old, who served in the Coventry area, admitted charges of attempting to cause or incite a female under 13 to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Following the guilty pleas at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor David Devine told the court: “Mr Shaw is currently a police officer and has been for a number of years.”

Telling magistrates that the sergeant had sent messages to a fake profile being operated by an officer pretending to be aged almost 13, Mr Devine added that Shaw had claimed she could “pass for 15” and then made numerous comments about sexual acts in online chats.

Applying for bail despite the whereabouts of Shaw’s passport being unknown, defence added: “In relation to the suggestion that he would fail to surrender to bail, he is a man, until today, of exemplary good character.

“I have spoken to his wife. She is very upset, as you can imagine, but she says ‘I absolutely 100% support him’.

Magistrates made an order under the Contempt of Court Act banning publication of Shaw’s home address and granted him bail until a Crown Court sentencing hearing.

Shaw, who must abide by an electronically-monitored curfew and live at an address outside the West Midlands, was ordered to return to court on September 20.

A mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct by West Midlands Police in connection with Shaw’s arrest.