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Berkshire based police officer jailed for sexual offences

Peter Drummond - picture credited to Devon and Cornwall Police

A police officer from Berkshire's been jailed for eight years, after he was found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child.

Peter Drummond, from Three Mile Cross, was found guilty of having sex with a 14 year old girl in Cornwall. 

The 38 year old befriend his victim on social media - and travelled from Berkshire to the county to meet with the teenager.

In a hearing at Truro Crown Court, the 38 year old was cleared of rape but was found guilty of sexual activity with a child.

The NSPCC's praised the courage of the victim of Drummond's crimes for speaking out.

An NSPCC spokesperson said:

“Drummond relentlessly pursued his underage victim on social media, tracking her whereabouts so that he could satisfy his sexual desires.

“His actions will have a long-lasting impact on the teenage girl involved, who has bravely spoken out to ensure he is unable to target other vulnerable young people in this way.

“Not enough is being done to protect children online and we’re campaigning for social networks to offer safe accounts for children and proactively search for, and stop, child grooming on their platforms.”

Detective Inspector Paul Norlund, Senior Investigating Officer from Devon and Cornwall Police, said:

“Devon and Cornwall Police welcome the eight year jail sentence for Peter Drummond in this complex and serious case.

“The young victim has conducted herself courageously throughout this enquiry and shown a tremendous strength of character whilst giving evidence at the trial, to allow us to bring this dangerous and callous offender to justice.

“Whilst we hope that this verdict will allow her to find closure, this will be an ordeal that she will live with for a considerable time.

“She has been supported by specialist officers and her family throughout, and we would ask that her and her family are left in peace and to be given the space that will hopefully allow them to move forward from this sad episode.

“Peter Drummond is a disgrace to his family and the organisation he was employed by.

“He has refused to show any remorse for his premeditated actions, and put his victim both through the ordeal of these attacks, and forcing her to relive those painful memories in court.”

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