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Safer Schools officer barred after guilty pleas for child sex offences

PC Hussain Chehab was a Safer Schools officer attached to a secondary school until his arrest.

A Met Safer Schools officer has been dismissed without notice following pleas to child sex offences earlier in the year.

Attached to the North Area Command, PC Hussain Chehab worked with a seconday school in Enfield between May 2021 and his arrest in August 2021.

Some of the offences relating to the making of indecent photographs were committed during the period the former PC was in that role.

He was removed from the role when the initial allegations were made and the Met has worked with the school and the local authority to ensure there were no further unreported safeguarding incidents or missed opportunities.

There has been no evidence found linking any of his offending to his role.

In January PC Chehab pleaded guilty to:

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.

The former officer has been released on bail and will be sentenced on March 17.

His offending came to light in July 2021 when the family of a 16-year-old girl called police to raise concerns about the fact she had recently been in a relationship with PC Chehab, which they believed began when she was 15 years old.

He was arrested on 24 August 2021 during which time a number of digital devices were seized.

Upon his arrest he was placed on restricted duties – working within the confines of a police building in a non public facing role and to have no contact with schools or children.

When his devices were examined, a number of indecent images were found and he was further arrested on 28 October, when he was also suspended from duty.

Analysis of further devices also revealed messages between PC Chehab and a 14-year-old girl engaging in sexual communication. She later provided evidence to police that they had entered into a sexual relationship in 2019 when she was just 14.

Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Haines, lead for policing in Enfield where PC Chehab served, said: “Following his criminal conviction it is right that PC Chehab is formally dismissed from the Met. PC Chehab committed the vilest of offences and abused his position of trust in the most despicable of ways. It continues to be incredibly confronting to see officers convicted and dismissed for such behaviour, however we are committed to rooting out officers who do not belong in our ranks and it is abundantly clear that PC Chehab has no place in the Met."

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