A 30-year-old man has pleaded guilty to 20 offences following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit.
David Rodley, of Ashcroft Avenue in Sidcup, pleaded guilty on 6 June to:
- Two counts of sexual activity with a child;
- Four counts of sexual communication with a child;
- One count of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming;
- One count of perverting the course of justice;
- One count of assault with intent to resist arrest;
- One count of possession of a bladed article;
- Four counts of possession of class A drugs (MDMA, cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin)
- Three counts of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act;
- Three counts of attempting to permit indecent images of a child to be taken.
The three victims were aged between 14 and 15 years old, with the offences taking place between August and November 2017. He was sentenced today (13/9) at Oxford Crown Court to nine years’ imprisonment with an extended licence period of five years. He was issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which will run indefinitely.
At the time of his arrest, Rodley was a Metropolitan Police Service Special Constable based at Greenwich. He was first arrested by officers from SEROCU on 24 November 2017.
Detective Inspector Mike Hall, from SEROCU, leading the investigation, said: “While these crimes were not linked to Rodley’s role as a special constable in any way, his actions were an utter contradiction of someone whose role is to protect and serve the public. These offences will understandably have a far-reaching impact on the victims.
“Our priority is to protect children from sexual exploitation from those who seek to do them harm. Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences David Rodley committed. The investigation team worked tirelessly to bring Rodley to justice and the sentence given would not have been possible without their diligent investigation or without the assistance from the victims in this case.
“I would like to commend the bravery of the victims in this case and the strength they have shown. Should anyone have any other information in relation to Rodley’s offending please make contact with your local force.
“If anyone has been a victim of child sexual abuse, I would urge you to report it to your local police force. We will always follow up allegations of abuse, no matter when they occurred. Victims can talk in confidence to experienced Investigators and we can also help them get access to a range of other support services.”