Police officer poses as male colleagues on Facebook and sends sexually explicit messages to female police officersBy Mason White 10:22 AM December 18, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A police officer was arrested on a charge of harassment after sending sexually explicit messages to female police officers on Facebook, police in the United Kingdom said.
Now, James White of Manchester, has been sentenced to serve 26 weeks in jail, which was suspended for two years, after being convicted of two counts of stalking, one count of harassment, one count of sending a communication conveying an offensive or indecent message, and for failing to tell the investigating team the password to his mobile phone.
He was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work and 1,000 pounds ($1,492) in costs. He was given a restraining order, prohibiting him from making contact with the victims for 2 years.
According to the police investigation, White sent sexually inappropriate messages to female officers through fake Facebook accounts, which he set up in the names of serving male officers.
White used his mobile phone to access the fake accounts.
Several of the women reported the messages to their managers and an internal investigation began.
That became a criminal investigation when it became clear that the Facebook accounts were fake, but also that the person behind the messages was a serving police officer.
A pattern was spotted in the wording of the messages, and they were eventually traced back to White, whose home was searched and he was arrested.
White has since resigned from the Greater Manchester Police.