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Greater Manchester Police Officer who sexually assaulted young girl is jailed for two years

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A police officer who was serving with Greater Manchester Police in Tameside has been sent to prison for two years for sexual assault on a young girl. Farooq Ahmed is said to have targeted the girl when she was still at primary school by touching her private parts on three separate occasions.

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court was told that on the first occasion the girl woke up and discovered her clothing had been removed. On the other two occasions, Ahmed touched and licked her private parts. On the last occasion, he filmed himself doing so before deleting it.

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The offences took place in 2016 and came to light in November last year when Ahmed eventually walked into the police station and confessed. He admitted three counts of sexual assault and one of making an indecent image of a child in December. 

Farooq Ahmed (Image: GMP)

During the sentencing prosecutor Brian Berlyne revealed that Ahmed was an employee of Greater Manchester Police. He said: “Until he was arrested, he was a serving police officer”. The judge then asked: “He is still being paid? He has not resigned from the service?” Mr Berlyne then replied: “That is correct as I understand it.”

Defence counsel Johnathan King said his client had the “deepest remorse.” He said: “This is a guilty plea at the first opportunity. Mr Ahmed wishes to convey his deepest remorse for these offences. He served the police for three years, he completed his probation early in 2019, he worked in the Tameside area”. 

Judge Clarke said, when handing down the sentence: “My first thoughts are with the young girl, who was still at primary school when she suffered sexual abuse.” Ahmed was jailed for two years and made him subject to the sex offenders’ register and imposed a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

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