A police officer has been sacked after he was caught selling himself for sex while on sick leave.
Detective Constable Richard Holder was fired without notice for gross misconduct at a disciplinary hearing on Monday – but he had already resigned.
He is the second Sussex Police
officer to have been discovered advertising himself as a prostitute in less than two years.
Chief Constable Giles York told the hearing at force headquarters in Lewes, East Sussex, that Holder had advertised on a website called AdultWork using a “Sweet Sensations” account and was accepting payment for sexual encounters at his home while he was off duty and on sick leave.
Mr York said Holder’s employment record showed he had a “pattern of disruptive behaviour that has been on the verge of criminal at times” and struggled with “under performance”.
He added: “He seems to have never been an officer with any great glory about him.”
The force’s Police Federation
chairman Matt Webb, representing Holder, said he had “fallen on his sword”, and said: “He fully admits all of the allegations set out against him.
“He took a pragmatic approach to these proceedings and has resigned.
“He asked me to express his apologies for his lack of judgment.”
Only brief details of Holder’s behaviour were disclosed at the special case hearing.
The so-called “fast-track” disciplinary proceedings take place when there is sufficient evidence to find the behaviour constitutes gross misconduct and it is in the public interest for the officer to be sacked without delay.
In December 2016, Hastings-based police constable Daniel Moss was investigated and suspended from duty after he was caught advertising himself online as a male prostitute and offered to perform sex acts for cash.
He had been on sick leave since that September for stress.
A disciplinary hearing took place but Moss did not attend and was dismissed with immediate effect.
Last year it emerged one of the force’s inspectors could face criminal charges after being arrested over claims he had sex with women he met while on duty.
Brighton-based Inspector Tony Lumb was suspended from his post earlier while the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) – now known as the Independent Office for Police Conduct – investigated.
The former elected Sussex Police Federation member for the inspector’s branch board in Brighton and Hove was arrested in March last year on suspicion of misconduct in public office over allegations he had improper sexual relations with women in the course of his duties.
The case was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service in November.
In February last year police constable Mark Scruby was sacked after telling his sergeant she resembled a porn star.
And in 2015 Inspector Lee Lyons was fired after admitting he contacted prostitutes while on duty.