A police officer was caught sending intimate photos of a former partner on a swingers’ website.
Alan Friday shared the image ‘of a private nature’ to a family friend in 2016.
The couple separated the same year after the Cheshire police officer said he “wouldn’t do it again”.
But three years later, Friday sent another image of his ex-partner to the same family friend on Fab Swingers.
After being “called out” by the friend, who was not named in court, the 42-year-old then bombarded his ex-partner and her family with phone calls.
He begged her, saying he would lose his job.
The 42-year-old Cheshire Police officer was suspended from the police dogs unit last year after being charged in May.
Chris Maloney, prosecuting, explained the offence dated between December 12 and December 15 2019.
The charge mainly related to December 14 of the same year.
He said Friday was using the dating website Fab Swingers and using pictures of his former partner on there without her knowledge.
Mr Maloney explained that the website is ‘location-based’ and contacts users nearby, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The court heard how a family friend was also using the website and started exchanging messages with Friday, who was pretending to be a female.
During the exchange, he sent the family friend photos of his ex-partner, some of a private nature.
Friday’s former partner was then informed about the images, who confronted the defendant.
The court heard how in 2019, Friday said he “wouldn’t do that again”, but repeated his actions once more in 2019.
The same family friend started using the site again and began a conversation with someone he believed to be a female.
The conversation moved to Snapchat, where Friday again sent photographs of his former partner.
When called out for a second time, Friday contacted his former partner saying “I’ve done something wrong I’m going to lose my job, the dogs will be taken off me. I’ve done something wrong and I don’t know what to do.”
The former partner asked Friday, of Yew Tree Road, Halewood, near Liverpool, not to contact her again.
Mr Maloney explained Friday sent more emails, to which the former partner responded asking him not to contact her.
In one he wrote: “This person is going to the police please, please, I’m begging you.”
Mr Maloney told the court that between 3.11pm on December 14 and 7.08pm the same day, Friday was called his former partner and her family members a total of 52 times.
After police were called, they attended his home address and Friday was arrested, giving no reply to officers.
He was released but following further enquiries, re-attended on May 15 2020, this time submitting a prepared statement in interview denying the allegations.
Friday has no previous convictions.
Julian Goode, defending, stressed that while mentioned by the prosecutor, the current charge covers only the incidents in December 2019 – not those in 2016.
The court heard how the author of a probation report referenced “controlling behaviour”, a “complete lack of victim empathy” as he “sees himself as the victim” and said there was “a risk of serious harm to the complainant and others in future relationships”.
Mr Goode explained that the conversation had begun by talking about the events in 2016.
He said: “He would accept, having reflected on the pre-sentence report, he didn’t articulate himself in the manner he would have liked.”
Mr Goode said Friday would be “willing to take part in help and assistance” from the probation service.
He said: “The conviction will almost certainly be the cessation of his career, a career in which he received commendations.”
Mr Goode said Friday has an “upstanding” and “impressive” career and is someone who “served his community with distinction” with his “sterling work in the police force”.
He added: “It comes as a devastation to him the career he has worked so hard for will almost certainly come to an end.”
Referring to character references Mr Goode said Friday is an “amazing person”, “kind-hearted”, “genuine” and “absolutely selfless”.
Friday was found guilty of harassment after a trial at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.
District Judge Mark Hadfield handed Friday a two-year community order with 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement Days and 100 hours of unpaid work.
A two restraining order was also imposed, preventing Friday from contacting his former partner.