A former police officer has been found to have committed gross misconduct.
Former Detective Constable Andrew Flack, who was based in Chelmsford, deleted a record from a Registered Sex Offender’s mobile phone, when he should have seized the phone for inspection.
He then made inaccurate entries on an Essex Police database in relation to this and failed to carry out an investigation into how and why the record was on the phone.
A misconduct panel, led by legally qualified chair Monica Daley-Campbell, was held between September 1-3 at the Chelmsford Civic Centre in Duke Street, Chelmsford.
The panel found he had breached the Integrity element of the standard of professional behaviour of Honesty and Integrity as well as the standards of Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct.
The panel decided he would have been dismissed from the force if he had not previously retired.
Mr Flack will be included on the College of Policing Barred List, which prevents him from returning to the police service or joining other policing bodies.
Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills said: “Sexual offences, particularly those involving children, are among the most abhorrent crimes we investigate as police officers.
“Mr Flack had no excuses for his behaviour, which falls far below the high professional standards we expect from all officers and staff.”