Chelmsford social worker jailed after false attack claim

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A man from Chelmsford has been jailed for 12 months after admitting to falsely reporting that he had been attacked while he carried out his job as a social worker.

Christopher Wiseman, 38, of Mitchell Avenue appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday October 23 after pleading guilty to committing an act with the intent to pervert the course of justice.

Officers were called around 10am on January 24 with reports that a social worker had been injured after being assaulted by two teenagers with a knife on Cusack Road in Chelmsford.

Three teenagers from Chelmsford were arrested in connection with the incident, but further investigation and discrepancies in Wiseman’s account, led officers to take no further action against the three teenagers and began to look at the validity of Wiseman’s report.

Wiseman was later charged with committing an act with the intent to pervert the course of justice.

He appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court and pleaded guilty to the offence on October 2 and was sentenced on Wednesday to a 12 month custodial sentence and ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge.

Chief Supt Tom Simons, who oversaw the investigation, said: “This was a dishonest act by someone who should have been working to support young people in the community.

“Instead he chose to make a false report which caused understandably, significant concern in the community and unnecessary stress to three teenagers.

“Significant resources were put into investigating Mr Wiseman’s report and these could have been have been legitimately utilised elsewhere.”

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