Police officer had sex with woman while investigating her, probe finds
A former Metropolitan Police officer began a sexual relationship with a woman while he was investigating her, an investigation has found.
John McCarthy, who was a detective constable at the time, began sleeping with the woman in 2017 while investigating her for harassment, a probe by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found.
During their relationship Mr McCarthy also sent the woman sexual text messages, it found.
The harassment case against her was subsequently discontinued.
Mr McCarthy also borrowed £3,580 from the woman in a series of payments between June and September 2017, the IOPC found.
The IOPC said it had found evidence that Mr McCarthy never intended to pay the woman back.
The then-DC did not declare his relationship with the woman, nor the money he had received from her, it said.
However, an investigation into Mr McCarthy was launched in January 2018 following a referral from the Met Police.
In March 2020 the investigation found that there was a case for gross misconduct against the officer.