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Essex police officer spared jail after arranging to meet '15-year-old boy' on dating app

Jonathan Davies-Brewin was a serving police officer at Essex Police at the time of his arrest. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former Essex police officer who admitted trying to meet up with a 15-year-old boy has been spared jail.

Jonathan Davies-Brewin, 50, thought he was talking to the boy on the dating app Grindr, but it turned out to be a vigilante paedophile hunter.

They arranged to meet in Braintree in June 2017 where Davies-Brewin, who was still a serving officer at the time, was arrested.

Davies-Brewin pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to meet a child under the age of 16 for the purposes of sexual grooming, and resigned from the force last month.

He was handed a nine-month prison sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court, suspended for two years, and was told to pay £1,200 in costs.

He will also face misconduct proceedings from Essex Police, despite no longer being part of the force.