Avon & Somerset Police detective faces misconduct hearing over child sex offence

An Avon & Somerset detective has received a police caution for sexual communication with a child, it has been revealed. DC Scott Burton, who was based in North Somerset but is no longer a serving officer, faces a misconduct hearing before Chief Constable Sarah Crew on Monday, December 5, where he is accused of gross misconduct.

A publicity notice for the hearing on the force website said the officer accepted responsibility for the offence, and the police caution means he now has a criminal record. It said: “It is alleged that, whilst off-duty, former DC Burton has breached the standards of professional behaviour for police officers, specifically the standards of: honesty and integrity; authority, respect and courtesy; discreditable conduct.

“The allegations are: In August 2022, DC Burton provided a written statement accepting responsibility for committing the offence of sexual communication with a child under the age of 16 contrary to section 15A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. DC Burton was subsequently given, at the direction of the Crown Prosecution Service, a police caution for this offence.”

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The notice said that, if proven, this would amount to gross misconduct. Chief Constable Crew has ordered that the hearing at Avon & Somerset Police headquarters in Portishead should be held in private “to protect the identity and welfare of the victim and the victim’s family in this matter”.

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