A police officer wore a woolly hat with the words “I love weed” while on duty and defaced a suspect’s CV with the words “kiddie fiddler” and “paedo” during an investigation into allegations of child abuse, a disciplinary hearing has been told.
North Yorkshire police’s PC Simon Ryan denies gross misconduct but has apologised, claiming his “puerile” behaviour was intended to “leaven” the mood of colleagues.
The hearing at the force’s headquarters is the first disciplinary the constabulary has held where the public and press are allowed to attend, watching proceedings via a videolink.
Edward Pleeth, representing the force, said the officer searched a home following an allegation of a sexual offence involving a child in January 2015.
He took a copy of the occupant’s CV from a pile and wrote “paedophile”, “paedo” and “kiddie fiddler”, Pleeth said. Under interests, Ryan amended the CV to say “abusing children”, the hearing was told.