Metropolitan Police officer jailed for seeking relationship with teenagers

Married cop reportedly targeting ‘vulnerable’ girls (Image: PA)

A Metropolitan Police officer who invited two “at risk” teenage girls for drinks has been jailed.

PC Adnan Arib, 45, obtained the cellphone numbers of the 15- and 16-year-old girls and asked if they had boyfriends.

The younger of the two met the married officer after being called to her home by her mother.

She said she felt his “intents were sexual in nature” when he met her in a park after school.

Meanwhile, the 16-year-old girl said she felt uncomfortable when the officer told her she was “very pretty”.

Arib bombarded the teen with dozens of text messages, including late at night, for about two months, asking her to meet up with him.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (10466458b) A general view of Southwark Crown Court in London Southwark Crown Court, London, UK, October 27, 2019

A jury at Southwark Crown Court found Arib guilty (Image: Shutterstock)

He claimed he wanted to offer the girls careers advice but was found guilty by a jury at Southwark Crown Court between April and July 2019 after a trial on two counts of misconduct in public office.

Judge Deborah Taylor on Thursday sentenced him to two years in prison, half of which he will serve: “The evidence in this case indicates that your conduct had a sexual undertone.

“Once the jury has dismissed your statement, the only conclusion is that you attempted to gain her trust to engage in any type of sexual relationship.”

Arib first came into contact with the 16-year-old girl after she was apprehended by police when she was reported missing on April 1, 2019.

At the station, Arib asked for her phone number and told her if she was in a relationship, that she was “very pretty,” and that he wanted to date her.

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He then accessed a police report on her.

Officials later found that 47 text messages had been sent between the two, on a phone that Arib initially claimed was not his.

The officer had met the 15-year-old girl when he was called to her home by her mother, who had accused her of stealing £10 in July 2019.

He told her to deny the alleged theft, took her phone number, and then asked if she had a boyfriend.

Arib suggested taking her out for a drink when they met at a park.

In a victim statement, the girl said: “I felt uncomfortable knowing his intentions were not pure.

“I got the feeling that his intentions were sexual in nature and that other people were waiting for us.”

Her mum added: “I feel guilty because I called the police for just £10 and then this situation happened.

“We don’t feel safe in our own home.

“I now have a lack of confidence in the British authorities because he is a police officer.”

The married PC was suspended from the Met after the incidents.

Judge Taylor highlighted the “gross age difference” between Arib and the girls, telling him, “You were a police officer and you used your position as a police officer to obtain the cell phone numbers of two young women who were then aged 15, 16 and 16, respectively.

You were both vulnerable and by dealing with them you betrayed the public’s trust in you as a police officer.’

Patrick Hill, defending Arib, had added that the loss of his career and reputation was “inevitable”.

He added: “The disciplinary process will no doubt be expedited in light of the jury’s verdicts.”

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