A THAMES Valley police sergeant who hit a child and left him naked in a police cell could be banned from ever working as an officer again.

Police Sergeant (PS) Matthew Myers, 49, appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court on February 23 after he was charged with battery.

Investigators from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) looked at CCTV from the Banbury Custody Suite and interviewed detention officers working at the time to put the case against him.

The footage revealed that PS Myers had struck the 16-year-old boy on the face and then removed his clothing – leaving him naked until the detention officer came into the cell to help him.

At court, PS Myers was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

At the time, IOPC regional director Graham Beesley said: “PS Myers abused his position as a custody sergeant to assault a child and he has now been convicted of that offence.

“His primary duty is to ensure the safety and welfare of all those who are detained and assaulting a looked-after child who was vulnerable, where English was not his first language, is the exact opposite of what the officer should have been doing.”

He was suspended from the police and subsequently resigned, but at a misconduct hearing tomorrow, Thames Valley Police chief constable John Campbell will decide if he is guilty of gross misconduct.

He is officially accused of breaching the standards of professional behaviour expected of him in respect of the codes:

  • Authority
  • Respect and courtesy
  • Discreditable conduct
  • Use of force
  • Duties and responsibilities.

Members of the public will not be able to attend the meeting, which will take place over video link because of coronavirus.

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