Former Greater Manchester Police staff member admits 'deplorable' child sex offences

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A former staff member with Greater Manchester Police has pleaded guilty to two child sex offences.

In October 2020, it came to light that a police staff member was engaging in online communication with what he believed to be a 12-year-old girl, when in fact he was engaging with a Covert Officer. 

Abdul-Bari Shafiq was employed as an apprentice with GMP's Operation Communications Branch.

He was arrested and suspended from duty, and his 12 month contract with GMP was ended in March this year.

Shafiq, 21, from Rooley Street, Rochdale, was subsequently charged in July 2021 with two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual communication.

He pleaded guilty to both counts and will now serve a 15 month suspended sentence over two years.

He has been subjected to a sexual harm prevention order for five years, and will be added to the sex offender's register for five years. 

Shafiq also has to pay a victim surcharge of £156 and do 150 hours of unpaid work.

The Professional Standards Branch conducted the criminal and disciplinary investigations. Misconduct proceeding will now take place.