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PC John Forrester is charged with misconduct in a public office

24/02/2011

PC John Forrester has today been charged with two offences of misconduct in public office, one for engaging in sexual activity with a member of the public in 2008, and one for harassing and attempting to have sexual contact with another member of the public in 2009.

Mark Auty, reviewing lawyer from the CPS Special Crime Division, said:

"PC John Forrester has today been charged with two offences of misconduct in public office, one for engaging in sexual activity with a member of the public in 2008, and one for harassing and attempting to have sexual contact with another member of the public in 2009. The offences are alleged to have occurred at the complainants homes, while PC Forrester was on duty.

"In addition, PC Forrester is charged with eight offences under the Data Protection Act for knowingly or recklessly obtaining personal data relating to three females in 2010. The prosecution's case is that he had no legitimate reason for accessing information about those people.

"This decision by the CPS follows a careful review of the evidence which was gathered in an investigation by Merseyside Police."

PC Forrester is a uniformed patrol officer for Merseyside Police. He will appear in Liverpool City Magistrates Court on Friday 11 March 2011 at 09.45am.

  • Misconduct in public office is a common law offence and so the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.
  • The maximum fine for s55 Data Protection Act (knowingly or recklessly obtaining personal data) in the Magistrates Court is the statutory maximum; the fine is unlimited in the Crown Court.