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A policeman who had sex with a 17-year-old boy he met on Grindr in his patrol car outside a stately home has been jailed.
Police Constable Mark Martin, of Calvert Green in Buckinghamshire, was charged after details of his encounter was leaked out to colleagues and he was suspended from duty.
Martin - Male - App - Grindr - Teenage
Martin, 36, had started talking with the 17-year-old male on the dating app Grindr, and offered the teenage boy a ride in his police car on November 8, a court heard.
He drove him to a secluded car park at Hughenden Manor, a stately home near High Wycombe, where the two engaged in consensual sex acts, prosecutor Charles Ward-Jackson said.
Defence - Lawyer - Court - Today - Martin
His defence lawyer in court today told of how Martin's life had spiralled out of control, leading to 'self-destructive' behaviour.
He was arrested weeks later on November 28 and charged on February 15, after he had submitted his resignation to police bosses in December. He finally left the force on January 31.
Judge - Edward - Burgess - Reading - Crown
Judge Edward Burgess told Reading Crown Court today that he was sympathetic to Martin, saying: 'He is very different from the wretched man portrayed in the papers'.
The 36-year-old, who resigned from Thames Valley Police, previously appeared before the same judge and admitted a charge of misconduct in a public office.
Martin - Subject - Hearing - Force - Headquarters
Martin was later the subject of a disciplinary hearing at the force's headquarters - even though he had already quit the force.
Thames Valley Chief Constable John Campbell, ruling at the disciplinary hearing, said: 'The agreed facts of these very troubling matters speak for themselves. With consideration to the salient facts, the outrageous behaviour of Mr Martin fell far below the standards expected of our officers and has no place in this force.'
Headquarters - Kidlington - Oxon - Chief - Constable
Ruling at police headquarters in Kidlington, Oxon., Chief Constable Campbell said that Martin would have been dismissed if he had...
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