A POLICE sergeant has avoided dismissal after appearing before a misconduct hearing for giving a pornographic picture with a female colleague’s face stuck on it as a Secret Santa gift.
Sergeant Rob Adams, based at Hastings, framed the image, which had stickers over the model’s private parts, before giving it as a present to a male colleague.
He had also shared explicit material on a WhatsApp group, the Lewes hearing was told.
The 37-year-old was told by the disciplinary panel that he will be given a final warning for his behaviour but will keep his job.
Alice Sims, legally qualified chairwoman, told him:
“We feel that the public confidence in the reputation of the police service can be appropriately marked by calling this behaviour as misconduct and issuing a final warning.
“This is not a case that warrants dismissal.
“The intended consequences were for humour and not to cause harm or offence.
“There was no evidence of any police officer being offended by his behaviour.
“The behaviour was puerile, sexual in nature and, at times, sexist, but not at the more serious end of the scale.”
Ms Sims said Sgt Adams had received “exemplary references” and had shown remorse and given “practical examples” of how he had changed his behaviour.
Mark Aldred, representing Sgt Adams, told the hearing the officer’s error had been “over-familiarity” with his team.
He added: “His popularity has been a strength to the organisation. He has continued to serve at a high level.”