Met PC jailed for sexually assaulting female colleague while on duty

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A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been jailed for sexually assaulting a female officer while they were both on duty at a north London police station.

PC Archit Sharma, 26, appeared at the Wood Green Crown Court on Friday and was sentenced to 16-month imprisonment for the sex attack at Southgate Police Station. in December 2020.

Sharma, of the Met unit covering Haringey and Enfield, was suspended from duty after the attack was reported by the victim.

Usha Shergill, Crown Advocate for CPS London’s Complex Casework Unit said: “As a police officer Sharma was expected to adhere to the strictest standards of behaviour and professional conduct in both the workplace and public.

“The incident has made the victim feel very anxious and scared. I would like to thank the victim for bravely reporting the matter and helping us to bring Sharma to justice.

“The Crown Prosecution Service will not hesitate to prosecute serious sexual offences where there is the evidence to do so and bring offenders to justice.”

Met Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Haines said: “I am furious that an officer has behaved in such a grossly unacceptable way. In doing what he did, PC Sharma totally betrayed all the values of policing.”