Another police officer charged with child sex offences

Following the conviction and sentencing of a 38 year old Tameside officer, PC Farooq Ahmed in December, 2020 and January, 2021 respectively, another Greater Manchester Police officer has been charged with child sex offences.

Lee Cunliffe, 40, who is a Detective Constable based in GMP’s Salford Division, has been charged with:

Two counts of attempting to arrange/facilitate the commission of a child sex offence,

One count of possession of an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child,

Three counts of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child,

One count of distributing an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child,

Two counts of misconduct in a public office,

Two counts of perverting the course of public justice.

DC Cunliffe is bailed to appear before Manchester Magistrates Court on 26th October 2021 at 10:30am.

The officer was arrested on Tuesday 15th December 2020 and has remained suspended from duty since then. Enquiries are ongoing with the force as to the delay between arrest and charging. The reasons for that may not emerge until his trial.

PC Farooq Ahmed, 38, who was previously based in GMP’s Tameside Division as a neighbourhood officer, was dismissed on 7th October 2021, following a public misconduct hearing chaired by Chief Constable Stephen Watson.

Ahmed was convicted in December 2020, at Minshull Street Crown Court, of three counts of sexual assault of a child under 13, as well as one count of making an indecent image of a child. The offences occurred between 2016-2018.

On 5th January 2021, Ahmed was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, as well as being given a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and his name added to the Sex Offenders Register for ten years (read more here).

Chief Constable Stephen Watson, said at the time of his dismissal: “I’m appalled by this disgusting abuse of a young girl and I am pleased that justice has been served which was a result of a robust and thorough criminal investigation undertaken by detectives from GMP’s Oldham CID.

“I expect our officers to uphold the highest standards of conduct with public safety being their main priority. Ahmed fell well below these standards when he committed these unforgivable offences and his actions do not represent what I expect of an officer of the Greater Manchester Police.”

Ahmed was suspended from his duties following being charged with the offences.

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Page last updated: Tuesday 19th October, 2021 at 1545 hours

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Published by Neil Wilby

Former Johnston Press area managing director. Justice campaigner. Freelance investigative journalist.

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