GMP officer to face court over multiple child sex offences

Greater Manchester Police, currently in Special Measures and mired in failings over past CSE investigations, has issued this press release a short time ago:
“Following a GMP led investigation, Detective Constable Stephen Hardy (Date of birth 8.7.1977), who is based within our Stockport division, has been charged with the following offences in connection with a report received by police in June 2020.
4 x counts of rape.
2 x counts of possession of extreme pornography.
2 x counts of making/taking an indecent image of a child.
2 x counts of causing/inciting a girl aged over 13 to engage in sexual activity.
1 x count of causing a girl aged over 13 to engage in sexual activity.
1 x count of causing a child to watch an image of a sexual act.
5 x counts of sexual assault.
3 x counts of assault by penetration.
“Hardy will next appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on the 10th August 2022. He has been suspended from duty and misconduct proceedings will recommence upon conclusion of criminal proceedings”.
The force has been contacted with a question regarding the 26 month delay between the offences being reported and a first court appearance.

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