Police volunteer chief sacked following sexual assault claims

A volunteer police chief has been sacked for gross misconduct after two allegations of sexual assault were made against him.

Dyfed-Powys Police's Special Chief Officer Cairn Newton-Evans, who joined the force in 2009, was told during a public misconduct hearing he is barred from working in the profession in the future.

The hearing, chaired by Chief Constable Mark Collins, heard that he touched two police officers on the bottom.

The two victims, whose identities have not been revealed, were made to feel ''uncomfortable'' by the officer's actions and left the premises.

Mr Newton-Evans was introduced to two off-duty colleagues on the evening of November 8. He informed both that he was a high-ranking officer. He later placed his hand on the buttocks of one of them, and then placed his arm on the shoulder of another colleague before sliding his hand down to the buttocks and touching it.

Chief Constable Mark Collins

He was interviewed on November 21 and said that he could not remember the incident but that he took responsibility for his actions.

A week later Newton-Evans admitted two offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Detective inspector Sharon Griffiths, of the force’s professional standards department, said the 28-year-old was made to write a letter to both victims:

Mr Newton-Evans has admitted the allegations in full. He has received a conditional caution and this specified that he was required to write a letter to the two victims. He confirmed in that letter that his behaviour had been unlawful. He offers his sincere apologies to both.”

Detective inspector Sharon Griffiths

The hearing found that gross misconduct was proven and the decision was made to dismiss SCO Newton-Evans. He is also prevented him from working in law enforcement and received a conditional caution in November for the offences following a criminal investigation.

SCO Newton-Evans at Cardiff Pride in 2018 Credit: ITV Wales

He said he was inspired to join the police ten years ago after suffering a homophobic attack.

He was awarded a British Empire Medal earlier this year for his "contribution to the LGBT community" and supporting victims of hate crime.

He was also at one time the youngest special chief officer in the UK – the highest rank in the special constabulary.

Chief Constable Mark Collins, said, “Cairn has given his time to Dyfed-Powys Police for many years and I am grateful for the work he has done.

"However, as an organisation we will always strive to uphold standards of ethical and professional behaviour and where a representative of the force has done wrong, we will investigate and utilise the powers available to us, to ensure we maintain a workforce that continues to reflect the values by which we stand.

“We will always listen to victims of crime and will act on what they tell us, conducting thorough investigations and acting upon those findings to ensure justice is delivered and is seen to be delivered.”

Following his resignation and subsequent dismissal at Thursday’s hearing, no further criminal action will be taken against Newton-Evans.