Met police officer guilty of child sexual assault

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A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a child.

It follows an investigation led by specialist officers from Essex Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Teams (CAIT).

Officers began investigating a report that a child had been sexually assaulted in September 2019, at a party held in Buckhurst Hill.

They later charged Farhan Ghadiali, of Fyfield Road, Woodford Green, with sexual assault of a child by touching.

Ghadiali, a serving officer with the Metropolitan Police Service, was not on duty at the time of the incident.

In May 2022, the 44-year-old first faced trial for the offence at Chelmsford Crown Court but the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

His retrial began this week at the same court and on Friday March 24, he was found guilty. He will be sentenced on April 28.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Barker, who led the investigation, said: “This has been a complex and sensitive investigation, and I can’t begin to imagine the turmoil the victim and their family have been through over the past four years.

“I’d like to thank them for placing their trust and confidence in us throughout this investigation, so that we could get them the justice they so rightfully deserve.

“Reports and offences of this kind never become less shocking and it’s as difficult as ever to accept that any police officer could do this to someone who looks up to them for protection.

“Nobody is above the law, and I hope that results like these show our determination to root out criminals, no matter who they are.”

If you have been affected or would like to report information, the police will treat all reports seriously.

You can report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or call 101.

If you would like to remain anonymous you can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is also a UK-wide child protection charity focused solely on preventing child sexual abuse. The charity runs Stop it Now! – a child sexual abuse prevention campaign and helpline.

For more information on how Stop it Now! helps people address their online behaviour, please visit the website www.stopitnow.org.uk or call the confidential Stop it Now! Helpline on 0808 1000 900.

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