A London police officer has been given four years for having sex with a 15-year-old he met on Tinder.
The Ealing officer, 26-year-old James Evans, first connected with the girl on the dating app, exchanging increasingly explicit messages despite the fact that her profile said she was 15.
The girl was also a child rape victim, something Evans was aware of, with one of the counts of sexual contact happening after he picked her up from a session with child mental health services.
In another instance, he also took the vulnerable girl back to his flat in Ruislip where they had sex.
Although the victim initially lied about her age, she told Evans she was 15 before they engaged in any sexual contact.
Speaking about the case, Judge Robin Johnson said: “Before any sexual activity you knew she was a vulnerable young girl. Nevertheless, you allowed your own desire to overcome your better judgement.
“The reason why Parliament and the public take this kind of offending so seriously is because the harm caused in these cases is incalculable.
“You were a serving police officer and knew you were dealing with a young vulnerable girl – because of her previous sexual assault she was receiving mental health treatment at the time.
“Her victim impact statement makes for sad reading, and I have no doubt this episode has caused her serious psychological harm.”
The police officer’s crimes were discovered when the victim’s mother read her diary and saw pictures of Evans in uniform.
And at Isleworth Crown Court, the 26-year-old officer pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual activity with a child.
The former Met officer was sentenced to four years in prison.