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Policeman sacked sending an X-rated picture to female boss Policeman sacked sending an X-rated picture to female boss
  • PC Mark Scruby, 37, shared pornographic images at police station
  • He also told Detective Sergeant Isobel Lee she 'looked like one of the models'
  • The officer, based in Crawley, had been with Sussex Police for 14 years 
  • Scruby was first dismissed for gross misconduct last May but was reinstated for an appeal which he has now lost 

 

PC Mark Scruby leaving a misconduct hearing at Sussex Police headquarters PC Mark Scruby leaving a misconduct hearing at Sussex Police headquarters

PC Mark Scruby leaving a misconduct hearing at Sussex Police headquarters

 A policeman left a senior officer feeling 'humiliated, dirty, embarrassed and disgusted' after he compared her to an actress in a porn film. 

PC Mark Scruby showed an image from a porn film to police colleagues around his office while on duty.

He told them the porn actress bore a remarkable likeness to his supervisor, Detective Sergeant Isobel Lee. PC Scruby, 37, a police officer for 14 years, then took a still from the obscene film and sent it to his supervisor in a text message.

Yesterday he appeared at a misconduct hearing where he admitted his actions amounted to gross misconduct. PC Scruby faced five allegations of sharing pornographic images with colleagues in February. 

The hearing was told Sgt Lee was left feeling 'embarrassed and dirty' in front of her team of officers. 

Giving evidence yesterday, she said: 'To try and keep face in front of the rest of my team for the rest of the day was really hard.' 

The incident happened last February after PC Scruby showed fellow officers pornographic images while on duty in Crawley, West Sussex. 

Detective Sergeant Isobel Lee (pictured right) was left feeling 'humiliated' and 'dirty' by the incident that happened last February Detective Sergeant Isobel Lee (pictured right) was left feeling 'humiliated' and 'dirty' by the incident that happened last February

Detective Sergeant Isobel Lee (pictured right) was left feeling 'humiliated' and 'dirty' by the incident that happened last February

 Over a two day period he 'repeatedly viewed' and shared them with colleagues in the report writing room and canteen. 

PC Scruby then told DS Lee she looked like one of the actresses in the film and sent her the image on Whatsapp. 

 

The constable was hauled before a police misconduct hearing last year where he claimed the images were a 'joke'. 

He was dismissed from the force after his actions were found to be a major breach of standards and amounted to gross misconduct. 

However PC Scruby was reinstated as an officer on Sussex Police after he lodged an appeal against the ruling. 

Ms Lee was left feeling 'embarrassed and disgusted, humiliated and dirty' Ms Lee was left feeling 'embarrassed and disgusted, humiliated and dirty'

Ms Lee was left feeling 'embarrassed and disgusted, humiliated and dirty'

He claims that although he his behaviour amounted to gross misconduct it was dealt with by Sgt Lee at the time. 

The misconduct hearing at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes yesterday heard DS Lee had been left distraught by the incident. 

Martin Forshaw for Sussex Police said: 'She felt embarrassed and disgusted, humiliated and dirty.' 

The panel was told PC Scruby came into her office after the incident and the pair spoke about the incident for less than a minute. 

She told him: 'You were inappropriate, unprofessional and out of order. You have crossed the line. 'I'm not happy. You're very lucky that I'm going on a career break and this will go no further.'

Lawyer Colin Banham, for Scruby, said this amounted to a 'promise' the matter would not be taken further and he had been led to believe his behaviour had been dealt with by 'management action.' 

PC Mark Scruby was sacked for sharing pornographic images with colleagues after a hearing at Sussex Police's headquarters in Lewes, pictured PC Mark Scruby was sacked for sharing pornographic images with colleagues after a hearing at Sussex Police's headquarters in Lewes, pictured

PC Mark Scruby was sacked for sharing pornographic images with colleagues after a hearing at Sussex Police's headquarters in Lewes, pictured

However the hearing was told this was not the case and the meeting had been less than a minute long. 

Fighting back tears yesterday, DS Lee told the panel:'I was trying to keep face in front of my team after what I'd been through.' 

Just 15 minutes later her shift ended and she left the office in Crawley to think about what had happened. She told the hearing she wanted to get away as soon as she could 'into the tranquility of my car'. 

She said: 'I know I had to go away and think about it. I thought that was the most professional thing. 

'I've never been in that position as a victim and a supervisor. I wanted to go away and get my head together.' 

The following day she reported the matter to the Professional Standards Department and disciplinary proceedings were launched. 

In mitigation PC Scruby, who broke down in tears, said he was desperately sorry for the lapse and apologised sincerely to DS Lee for his behaviour. 

He said: 'The last 12 months have been the hardest and most stressful of my life. 'There's not day goes by that I don't think about the effect this has had not just on me but also on my partner Clare. 

PC Scruby had been a Sussex Police officer for 14 years and was based at Crawley Police Station, pictured PC Scruby had been a Sussex Police officer for 14 years and was based at Crawley Police Station, pictured

PC Scruby had been a Sussex Police officer for 14 years and was based at Crawley Police Station, pictured

It's often the first thing I think of in the morning and the last thing at night. 'I want to learn from my mistakes. Being a police officer is the only thing I want to do. I might have the appearance of a big, burly man but everyone knows I'm a softie at heart. What I did on February 5 will haunt me forever.' 

After considering PC Scruby's mitigation the misconduct panel said it was left with no option but to dismiss PC Scruby without notice. 

Victoria Goodfellow, panel chair, said: 'It was a very serious matter and one that flies in the face of what the policing community stands for.'

She said that to prevent 'harm' to the image of the force there was no alternative but to dismiss the officer. 

Inspector Matt Webb of the Sussex Police Federation, said: 'We are disappointed at the outcome for PC Scruby and we will be examining the rationale behind the decision.'

 

 

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