Man charged with sexual offences against children

08/05/2015

An ex-Bedfordshire Police Officer, Mohammad Arshad, 35, from Luton, was charged today with 10 offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity with a child contrary to section 10 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Four offences of  sexual grooming  contrary section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, two offences of sexual activity with a child, contrary to section 9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and  offering to supply class B drugs contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Ian Harris, Head of  Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service in  Thames and Chiltern and Wessex, said: "I have authorised Bedfordshire Police to charge Mohammad Arshad with 10 offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four offences of  sexual grooming, two offences of sexual activity with a child, and  one offence of offering  to  supply class B drugs.

"It is alleged that Mohammad Arshad sexually abused teenage girls aged between 13 and 15.

"I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Bedfordshire Police and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Mohammad Arshad with those offences.

"He will appear at Hatfield Magistrates' Court on Friday 8 May 2015.

"Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendant has the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."