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Ex-Thames Valley police officer jailed for misconduct in public office

|News, Cyber / online crime

A Former Thames Valley police officer who pursued inappropriate relationships with women while on duty has today been sentenced to three and a half years’ imprisonment.

Oliver Perry-Smith
Oliver Perry-Smith (Source: TVP)

Oliver Perry-Smith, an ex-police constable, was charged with misconduct in public office and computer misuse after he formed sexual relationships with several women over the course of four years. He met the women – who were all potential defendants, witnesses, or otherwise involved in police investigations - through the course of his duties. 

More than once, he used police software to find out confidential information about them, such as checking a woman’s numberplate to find her name and address so he could visit her later that evening.

The court heard that many of these women were emotionally vulnerable at the time and felt an imbalance of power due to Perry-Smith’s position as a police officer; this was exacerbated by the fact that he would often visit them while on duty and in full police uniform. 

Perry-Smith pleaded guilty to three counts of misconduct in public office and two counts of unauthorised access to computer material at Reading Crown Court in February and March.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Charles White of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Oliver Perry-Smith took advantage of his privileged position and access to police resources to pursue several women over a few years.

“He knowingly breached police policy when he made personal visits while on duty. He seemed to think that by lying to his superiors and using his duties as an excuse, he’d be immune to the consequences of his actions.

“Today’s sentence proves no one is above the law, including those meant to uphold it. Perry-Smith abused his power, broke public trust, and made many women feel uncomfortable or unsafe in his inappropriate pursuit of them. I hope today’s sentence brings those women a sense of justice.”

Notes to editors

  • Oliver Perry-Smith pleaded guilty to three counts of misconduct in public office on 15 February 2022 at Reading Crown Court. 
  • He added further guilty pleas to two counts of unauthorised access to computer material on 30 March 2022 at the same court.
  • He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison at the same court on 29 April 2022. 
  • Charles White is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern.

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