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Sacked paedophile cop 'not an officer but a child sex offender', says police chief

A Greater Manchester police officer who sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl while on duty has been sacked.

Thirty-five-year-old PC Dean Dempster, who was a response officer based in the Oldham district, was dismissed without notice, and added to the College of Policing Barred List by Chief Constable Stephen Watson, who described Dempster’s actions as “morally reprehensible”.

The hearing at GMP Headquarters is GMP's latest use of accelerated proceedings as part of the police's pledge to ‘root and boot’ more officers unfit to serve the public more quickly.

Since 2021, GMP has sped up this process with almost four times as many accelerated hearings being held in the most recent 12-month period.

The force is now writing to the Deputy Mayor of GM to appeal for Dempster to lose his right to a police pension. 

Presiding over today’s hearing, CC Watson found PC Dempster’s conduct amounted to gross misconduct, saying: “This sexual assault occurred whilst the officer was on duty and where the victim was totally trusting and reliant on him performing his duties professionally, compassionately and with her welfare uppermost in his thoughts. 

“It is this most egregious breach of trust of an innocent young child that is most upsetting aspect of this case and something that clearly amounts to an aggravating factor. 

“I consider this case to be among the most distressing ever presented to me such is the despicable betrayal of all that is inherent in being a decent police officer. 

“I have no hesitation whatsoever in dismissing PC Dempster from the service with immediate effect.”

Dempster was convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl while responding to an incident on December 29, 2023. Police received a complaint later that day and he was promptly arrested by a supervisor on the district when he returned to duty the day after.

He was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court in February. He has remained suspended since being charged on December 31 last year.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mike Allen, head of the Professional Standards Directorate, said: “Dean Dempster is not a police officer, he’s a child sex offender who has no right to be in police uniform or in a position to serve the public.

“We have no time for people like Dempster who should not be in GMP and does not represent us.

"This is why we’re increasingly using accelerated misconduct hearings to root out and boot out officers who are unfit to serve in our uniform, and this work will continue while ever they remain.”

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