Ex-copper jailed over sex assault against colleague

Archit Sharma was on duty when he attacked one of his colleagues

Archit Sharma (credit Met Police)
Archit Sharma (credit Met Police)

A former police officer based in Enfield and Haringey has been jailed following his conviction for sexual assault against a colleague while on duty.

Archit Sharma, who was attached to the Metropolitan Police’s north area command unit, was convicted of sexual assault at Wood Green Crown Court in March. He resigned four days later.

On Friday, 9th June at the same court, Sharma was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.

Sharma was also made the subject of a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim for ten years and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £156.

An allegation had first been received on 7th December 2020, that PC Sharma had sexually assaulted a colleague while both were on duty. Following an investigation, he was charged on 28th July 2021.

At a misconduct hearing on Thursday, 8th June, it was alleged that former PC Sharma had breached standards of professional behaviour in relation to “authority, respect and courtesy, and discreditable conduct”. The panel found the allegations proven and had he still be serving with the Met, former PC Sharma would have been dismissed.

Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Haines, responsible for local policing in Enfield and Haringey, said: “Former PC Sharma’s behaviour was abhorrent. His actions were a betrayal of our policing values.

“I hope that this outcome highlights how seriously we take reports of sexual offences, no matter who the perpetrator.

“Following his conviction, we began proceedings for an accelerated case hearing which has upheld the allegations of misconduct.”

The former police officer will now be added to the barred list held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct or Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

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