A disgraced ex-police officer who had sex with a vulnerable domestic violence victim he met on the job has been spared jail.
Ben Robinson, 33, met the woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, while investigating allegations of crimes against her.
During the course of the police inquiry Robinson, who worked as a police constable in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, engaged in consensual sexual relations with the victim.
The relationship came to light after another officer became aware of it and reported concerns to the force, Preston Crown Court heard.
Robinson, who quit West Yorkshire Police, has admitted misconduct and been blasted for abusing his position of trust.
The matter was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), the police watchdog, which then supervised a criminal investigation.
The case was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service in February 2016.
Robinson accepted his actions jeopardised the integrity of his role in the investigation and risked undermining justice and the case.
He resigned from West Yorkshire Police following his arrest in October 2017.
The former PC pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office on the first day of his trial at Preston Crown Court on Friday.
At his sentencing on Monday, Robinson was handed a nine month suspended sentence, ordered to pay £1,200 in costs and carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
Detective Superintendent Richard Crinnion, of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate, said: “We expect the highest standards of professional behaviour from our officers and staff in line with the Code of Ethics.
“Robinson has admitted misconduct in a public office which means he wilfully neglected to perform his duty to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust without reasonable excuse or justification.
“We need everyone – our officers and staff, victims, witnesses and suspects – to understand that police employees should not be abusing their position of trust and authority to form sexual relationships.
“It is thanks to one of our officers who learnt of this inappropriate relationship that this offending came to light.”