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Met Safer Schools officer admits child sex offences

The Met PC pleaded guilty to a number of offences on Tuesday.

A Met Safer Schools officer has pleaded guilty to a string of child sex offences.

PC Hussain Chebab admitted sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15 before he became a police officer, but also offences linked to indecent images of children that he committed while in the force.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday to: 

- Four counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15; these took place between 1 March 2019 and September 2019 and pre-dated his service in the Met.
- Three counts of making indecent photographs of a child;
- One count of engaging in sexual communication with a child.

No verdict was recorded in a further four counts of making indecent photographs of a child and so the Judge ordered they be left to lie on file.

PC Chehab joined the Met on March 30 2020. 

His offending only came to light when the girl’s family reported in July 2021 that their daughter had been in a sexual relationship with Chehab, which it later emerged began when she was 14.

Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Haines, lead for policing in Enfield where Chehab served, said: “Our thoughts foremost today are with the young girls who Chehab exploited and took advantage of for his own sexual gratification.

“These offences are made all the more sickening by the fact that some of the image offences were committed while PC Chehab was in a role as a Safer Schools officer attached to a secondary school in Enfield between May 2021 and his arrest in August 2021.”

When the initial allegations were made, PC Chehab was immediately removed from his role while the investigation took place. He was placed on restricted duties, which ordered him to work within the confines of a police building in a non public-facing role and have no contact with schools or children. 

Following examination of his devices, a number of indecent images were found and he was further arrested on October 28 - and at that point suspended from duty. 

He was charged on September 13 2022. 

DCS Haines said that no concerns had been raised about Chebab either in the recruitment process or later when he was vetted to work in a school.

No evidence has been found linking any of Chebab's offending to his role. 

She added: “A review of the information provided to the Met prior to him joining as a police officer was carried out and nothing was found that could have indicated his offending.

“Prior to commencing his role as a Safer Schools officer he was also subject to further Child and Vulnerable Group Supervision vetting, in line with the current vetting standards for all those who work with children and young persons.

“While no evidence has been found linking any of Chehab’s offending to his role, we are engaging with our local schools, community forums and independent advisory groups to reassure them following the damage his actions will have caused."

He has been released on bail and will be sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on March 17.

An accelerated misconduct process will be held in light of the guilty pleas, the Met said.

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