Ex-Bedfordshire PC sentenced for sexual offences

15/04/2016

An Ex-Bedfordshire Police Constable, Mohammed Arshad, 35, was today sentenced at St Albans Crown Court to 15 years' imprisonment and will be on eight years extended licence.

He was found guilty of on 9 March 2016 of 17 sexual offences against teenagers, including one offence of rape, several of sexual activity with a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and meeting a child following sexual grooming. The offences were in relation to 12 teenage girls.

Following the convictions, Amanda Sawetz, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex' Complex Casework Unit said: "Mohammad Arshad is a sexual predator who between 2010 and 2014, trawled social media to find female teenagers who then became his victims.

Mohammad Arshad, formerly a Police Constable for Bedfordshire Police, groomed young and vulnerable girls, approached them through their friends and their social network and systematically offered them money in exchange of sexual favours.

"The jury heard that his modus operandi was to make contact with the young girls on social media through Blackberry messenger, Facebook or Whatsapp, giving the name of 'Waz', sometimes lying about this age, saying that he was 17 or 26 years old. He would sometime use the fact that he was a police officer to gain their trust but would reveal quite quickly to each of them his sexual intentions. On one occasion he raped a 14-year-old girl he had taken for a drive.

"We would like to thank all the young girls who gave evidence in this case and supported the prosecution. They did nothing wrong but were preyed upon by Arshad who used their innocence and vulnerability to commit his criminal acts."

Background

The offences were committed between 2010 and December 2014. Mohammad Arshad was charged in total with 22 sexual offences. He was convicted of 17 of 22 charges.

Mohammad Arshad applied to Bedfordshire Police in 2013, was interviewed in January 2014 and joined on 14 April 2014. He then was on probation. He was suspended in October 2014 and then resigned.