A Grimsby police officer exposed himself to a female colleague while they were on their way to a crime scene.
PC Dale Plucinski, 31, unzipped his trousers to her to show his genitals. He also showed an image of them to his fellow officer as she drove the Mercedes Sprinter van out of Grimsby Police Station.
Plucinski – who is in prison on other charges and refused to leave his cell for the trial – denied the charge of indecent exposure but was found guilty at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court.
He resigned from Humberside Police in June last year, following the offence.
District Judge Daniel Curtis praised the female officer’s “fortitude and integrity” at the hearing, which she attended.
Plucinski is currently serving a prison sentence for separate offences which were heard at Lincoln Crown Court last year.
He is due to be released later this month for those offences, which include stalking and possession of a blade.
Judge Curtis imposed a fine of £250 and ordered compensation of £200 to the female officer.
The defendant was prosecuted in his absence after refusing to leave his cell to attend the trial.
The court heard his colleague was driving the police vehicle as she and Plucinski were tasked with a scene guard in 2019 during a night shift.
The woman officer could not recall the exact date of the offence. But the charge relates to the offence being committed between June and December 2019.
As she drove out of the gates he presented her with a WhatsApp image of his genitals on his phone.
The officer told him she was “not interested” and told him “to put it away.”
After exiting the security gate the officers, who regularly worked together, waited for it to close behind them, during which time he unzipped his trousers and revealed them to her.
The female officer repeated she was not interested and told her colleague to “put it away.” She also gave her colleague a “verbal dressing down” for his conduct, the court was told.
The two colleagues continued to carry out their task throughout the shift and both were in their uniforms, the court heard.
The officer did not report the matter but felt she had taken action and dealt with the problem by telling him he had “overstepped the mark and it was something that bothered her.”
However, a complaint was made, following a separate matter last year, which was investigated by Inspector Simon Duffield.
Prosecuting, Geoff Ellis told that was when the original offence came to light.
Defence solicitor, Ben Tighe, claimed his client had not exposed himself and had used a finger through the flies of his trousers “in a juvenile way.”
He said the WhatsApp image was shown in error after it had been forwarded to his client by his partner.
But the female officer said she was sure he had his penis in his hand. She said she had not reported the incident until several months later.
Sentencing Plucinski, Judge Curtis said: “The female officer is entirely exhonerated. I would hope she is not rebuked or disciplined. ”
He said she had spoken with “truth and integrity.”
He said the exposure was intended to cause alarm or distress.
“He was told by his colleague his actions went across the line. Yes, it could be juvenile. But this went well beyond that. It must have had an emotional impact on the officer, no matter how robust she was,” told the judge.
He added: “I am satisified Dale Plucinski did expose himself intentionally to his colleague, causing alarm or distress.”
Mr Ellis told the court Plucinski had been jailed for several offences at Lincoln Crown Court for stalking and possession of a blade.
Mr Tighe said his client’s life had taken a significant downturn since resigning from Humberside Police and he had lost all contact with his partner and his children. He said he had been in custody for 10 months and would be homeless on his release next week.
He said he only has an offer of a bail hostel for accommodation.
“He has hit rock bottom. This puts the icing on the cake. He will only be able to live on state benefits. This was a first time offence at the time and there was nothing sexual or sinister in it,” said Mr Tighe.
Sentencing Plucinski to a £250 fine and ordering compensation of £200 towards the officer, Judge Curtis said it was a difficult sentencing exercise.
“He has been punished enough. I do not trivialise what he has done. From being a serving police officer he has left the role, found himself in prison and become homeless, so he has been significantly punished already. Some people might find that difficult to understand but there is little purpose in anything other than a financial penalty with compensation,” he said.
He added the conduct was “unpleasant and unnecessary and a breach of trust and not the way you expect a police officer to behave. You expect them to have standards. This fell well short of those standards.”
After the hearing, the female officer, who has many years of service in Humberside Police said: “I was not expecting anything. A guilty verdict is enough for me. I am not fussed. He has paid a high price. It is all his own doing. I am just pleased the judge found him guilty and we can move on.”