• Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

National Crime Agency officer to stand trial for alleged escort encounters

A NATIONAL Crime Agency officer faces trial after allegedly encountering escorts while on duty.

Simon Gaffney, a former Warrington-based operational officer, has been charged with two counts of misconduct in public office following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The 54-year-old, from Coalport Walk in Rainhill, St Helens, is accused of having been in contact and met with escorts during working hours in October 2018.

Both counts indicated that Gaffney, on October 4 and 29, 2018, “while acting as a public officer, namely an officer of the National Crime Agency, willfully and without reasonable excuse or justification,” is conducted in a way that amounted to an abuse of power. public confidence in the holder of the post by taking time off work to go to an escort or massage salon ”.

His alleged misconduct was first investigated by the NCA’s anti-corruption unit before being referred to the IOPC.

Gaffney resigned his post during the investigation and left the NCA in May 2019, according to the agency.

Liverpool Crown Court

The IOPC investigation ended in February 2020 and referred a case to the Crown Prosecution Service, which cleared the charges.

He appeared in Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday for a plea and pre-trial hearing to face the charges.

Here, he only spoke to confirm his personal details and enter his not guilty pleas.

Judge David Aubrey has set a date for the trial for October 17, 2022.

After Gaffney’s indictment, NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland said, “The NCA expects the highest standards of conduct and integrity from its officers.

“We know that more than ever it is essential for law enforcement to be able to reassure the public about our personnel safety processes, and the NCA regularly reviews them to ensure they are robust and resilient. . ”