Detective officer for Greater Manchester Police, 40, charged with a series of child sex offenses
- Detective Constable Lee Cunliffe, 40, was charged with seven child crimes
- The charge includes possession and distribution of an indecent image of a child
- Cunliffe has been released on bail to appear before the Manchester Magistrates Court on October 26
A Manchester police officer was charged Tuesday with a series of child sex crimes.
Detective Lee Cunliffe, 40, is charged with two charges of arranging/facilitating a child sex offense and three charges of taking an indecent photo/pseudo photo of a child.
He is also charged with one count of each possession and distribution of an indecent photo/pseudo photo of a child.
The officer was arrested on December 15 last year and has since been suspended, a spokesman for the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.
He was released on bail on Tuesday to appear before the Manchester Magistrates Court at 10:30 am on 26 October.
Cunliffe also faces two charges of misconduct in public office and two charges of disrupting public justice.
The officer worked in the GMP’s Salford District.
Detective Lee Cunliffe, 40, is charged with two charges of arranging and/or facilitating the commission of a child sex offense and three charges of taking an indecent photo/pseudo photo of a child. Pictured: GMP Headquarters
It comes after official figures released earlier this month showed that nearly 2,000 police and community officers have been charged with sexual offenses over the past four years, including rape, sexual assault and child sex crimes.
The allegations — mainly against men — include more than 370 of sexual assault, nearly 100 of rape and 18 of child sex crimes, according to Freedom of Information figures — and just eight percent of those allegations led to dismissals, 39 of England’s 43 police forces. and Wales said.
The Times reported that over 40 reports of misconduct have been published in the past month involving officers and staff in England and Wales.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that there have been 1,147 hearings since 2018.