The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) had received a mandatory conduct referral from GMP in October 2018 in relation to Police Constable Adnan Ali, who ran the Trafford Volunteer Police Cadets. It followed his arrest earlier that month on suspicion of police corruption, resulting from a report of abuse of position for a sexual purpose.
The IOPC said: “We decided this should be subject to a managed investigation, carried out by the force’s Major Incident Team and supported by its Professional Standards Branch under our independent direction and control.”
The 34-year-old officer, based in Trafford, was arrested again on November 16, 2018, on suspicion of police corruption and sexual assault, and on March 13, 2019, on suspicion of sexual assault, misconduct in public office and distributing an indecent image.
GMP said a number of victims and their families have received, and continue to receive, specialist support and a review into the Volunteer Police Cadet scheme commenced immediately in 2018 and has seen a vast number of improvements made across the force.
The investigation was completed and evidence passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in August 2019. The CPS has now authorised charges against the officer.
PC Ali was charged on Friday (July 16) with:
15 counts of misconduct in a public office;
Five counts of sexual assault, contrary to section 3(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003; and
Distribution of an indecent image of a child.
Assistant Chief Constable Nicky Porter said: “I understand charges of this nature towards a GMP Officer will cause concern amongst the public, particularly with those who are involved in the Trafford Volunteer Police Cadets scheme.
“I want to offer assurances that we have worked closely with the IOPC on the investigation and a review of the cadet scheme was launched immediately following the initial report. We have and will continue to provide specialist support to all those affected by this case.”