Another police officer loses his job over female bottom feeling

Lee Morgan Cleveland Police

For the second time in two days Neil Wilby Media reports on disgraced former police officers who groped or slapped two female colleagues on their bottoms.

Yesterday, saw an article published about the dismissal without notice of West Yorkshire Police officer, PC Kevin Wood, following disciplinary proceedings where the standard of proof is the balance of probabilities. The force has not reported whether criminal proceedings were instituted as a result of the alleged sexual touching or sexual assault. Neither his age, nor length of service were given (read more here).

Today it is the turn of Lee Morgan, 46, a former control room inspector with Cleveland Police, who was caught on CCTV feeling the bottoms of the two women during a night out in Yarm in December, 2021.

A court heard that, at the time of the assaults, Morgan was dressed in a red Christmas jumper emblazoned with a Mickey Mouse image. He had claimed, previously, that he had no recollection of the  the evening’s events after an internal Professional Standards investigation was launched following a complaint about his sexually inappropriate behaviour.

At a disciplinary hearing held in November, 2022, and chaired by the chief constable, Mark Webster, he was found guilty of gross misconduct following an earlier guilty plea at Teesside Magistrates’ Court. Amongst the sanctions handed down was being placed on the College of Policing barred list which precludes him from ever working for any other police force in the country.

It was said, at the time, that Morgan had dented the reputation of policing at a time when there is already national concern over failures to protect women and young girls from harm.

Earlier today, at a sentencing hearing in the Crown Court in Newcastle HHJ Sarah Mallett was told that Morgan, from the Thornaby area of Teesside, resigned from the force after twenty three years service, having an unblemished career up to that point whilst receiving a number of commendations for his work as a police officer.

The former inspector, a married father-of-three, was the most senior officer present at the social evening when he groped the two female officers, named in court as witnesses A and B.

Witness A said she felt two or three taps on her buttocks but when she turned around, she said no-one was there.

Jon Harley, prosecuting counsel, said: “She assumed the defendant had been responsible for the touching, he had been behaving in a loud and over-friendly manner.” and felt “like a line had been crossed”.

Witness A saw the defendant with Witness B a little later in the evening and thought he was being over-familiar with her as well, the court heard. CCTV at the venue also captured images of Morgan squeezing the buttocks of witness B.

The court heard that neither of his victims supported the prosecution, and neither said they had suffered psychological harm as a result of what he did.

Jane Waugh of counsel, representing Morgan, read into the record references that asserted Morgan’s behaviour at the social event was out of character and that he had lost his career in public service during which he had displayed “exemplary conduct”.

Miss Waugh added: “This is truly a fall from grace, this is a man who had an excellent career and was very well thought of. He has now lost his good character.” She added that Morgan had taken measures to control his drinking and told the court that he felt shame for what he did and he had needed a five-day stay in hospital after attempting suicide.

HHJ Mallett, addressing Morgan, said: “I have read character references on your behalf and it is clear your behaviour on this evening was totally out of character.” She sentenced Morgan to six months in prison, suspended for two years. He has also been placed on the sex offenders’ register and must complete 100 hours’ unpaid work.

Morgan chose not attend the disciplinary hearing in November where Roger Whiteley, Morgan’s welfare representative, read out a statement on his behalf:

“I have made stupid mistakes through intoxication, mental health and bad decision making, which often go hand in hand.

“I have done wrong but the punishment far, far outweighs the crime.”

He was also critical of the PSD investigation and prosecution which he claimed had not taken account of his mental health at the time.

Submissions that are very arguable indeed: A criminal record, loss of job, huge impact on pension and ruined reputation for conduct that, up until twenty years ago, was almost de rigeur in the police service.

DCI John Bonner, a long-serving Professional Standards detective who led the investigation into Morgan, said:

‘Policing has come under national scrutiny through high profile cases in which there has been a failure to protect women and girls from abuse and violence.

‘What message does it send to women and girls who aspire to follow policing as a profession and would parents encourage their daughters to join the police?

‘It is imperative policing makes it clear that misconduct of this nature is wholly unacceptable.’

DCI Bonner claimed that he believed it was a ‘targeted’ offence given ‘he knew both were young and significantly junior in rank to him’.

As Morgan had spent 23 years on the force, DCI Bonner also asserted that he would have known about the impact of sexual offences on victims.

He added: ‘They should have been able to trust him to the ends of the earth, he should have acted as a role model.

‘He acted without a shred of integrity and sexually assaulted them in the presence of the public and junior colleagues.’

Page last updated Friday 6th January, 2023 at 1740hrs

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Yesterday, saw an article published about the dismissal without notice of West Yorkshire Police officer, PC Kevin Wood, following disciplinary proceedings whre the standard of proof is the balkance of probabilities. The force has not reported whether criminal proceedings were instituted as a result of the alleged sexual touching or assault.

Lee Morgan was caught on CCTV feeling the bottoms of the two women during a night out in Yarm last December.

The 46-year-old was dressed in a red Mickey Mouse Christmas jumper at the time of the assaults, a court heard.

The former control room inspector at Cleveland Police had previously claimed he had no recollection of the events of the evening after an investigation was launched following a complaint about his sexually inappropriate behaviour.

Page last updated Monday 5th December, 2022 at 0750hrs

Thank you for reading and a polite request: If you wish to make a contribution to the running costs of this website it would be very much appreciated. Donations can made securely, via PayPal, at this link.

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© Neil Wilby 2015-2022. Unauthorised use, or reproduction, of the material contained in this article, without permission from the author, is strictly prohibited. Extracts from, and links to, the article (or blog) may be used, provided that credit is given to Neil Wilby Media, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Today it is the turn of Lee Morgan, 46, a former control room inspector with Cleveland Police, who was caught on CCTV feeling the bottoms of the two women during a night out in Yarm in December, 2021.

A court heard that, at the time of the assaults, Morgan was dressed in a red Mickey Mouse Christmas jumper.  He had claimed previously that he had no recollection of the  the evening’s events after an internal Professional Standards investigation was launched following a complaint about his sexually inappropriate behaviour.

At a disciplinary hearing held in November, 2022, he was found guilty of gross misconduct following a guilty plea at Teesside Magistrates’ Court. Amongst the sanctions was being placed on the College of Policing barred list which precludes him from ever working for any other police force in the country.

Earlier today, the Crown Court in Nheard that Morgan, from the Thornaby area of Teesside, resigned from the force after twenty three years service, having an unblemished career up to that point whilst receiving a number of commendations for his work as a police officer.

The former inspector, a married father-of-three, was the most senior officer present at the social evening when he groped the two female officers, named in court as witnesses A and B.

Witness A said she felt two or three taps on her buttocks but when she turned around, she said no-one was there.

Jon Harley, prosecuting counsel, said: “She assumed the defendant had been responsible for the touching, he had been behaving in a loud and over-friendly manner.” and felt “like a line had been crossed”.

Witness A later saw the defendant with Witness B and thought he was being over-familiar with her as well, the court heard. CCTV at the venue also captured images of Morgan squeezing the buttocks of witness B.

The court heard that neither of his victims supported the prosecution, and neither said they had suffered psychological harm as a result of what he did.

Jane Waugh of counsel, representing Morgan, read into the record references that asserted Morgan’s behaviour at the social event was out of character and that he had lost his career in public service during which he had displayed “exemplary conduct”.

Miss Waugh added: “This is truly a fall from grace, this is a man who had an excellent career and was very well thought of. He has now lost his good character.” She added that Morgan had taken measures to control his drinking and told the court that he felt shame for what he did and he had needed a five-day stay in hospital after attempting suicide.

Her Honour Judge Sarah Mallett said: “I have read character references on your behalf and it is clear your behaviour on this evening was totally out of character.” She sentenced Morgan to six months in prison, suspended for two years. He has also been placed on the sex offenders’ register and must complete 100 hours’ unpaid work.

Morgan chose not attend the disciplinary hearing in November where Roger Whiteley, Morgan’s welfare representative, read out a statement on his behalf:

“I have made stupid mistakes through intoxication, mental health and bad decision making, which often go hand in hand.

“I have done wrong but the punishment far, far outweighs the crime.”

He was also critical of the PSD investigation and prosecution which he claimed had not taken account of his mental health at the time.

Submissions that are very arguable indeed: A criminal record, loss of job, huge impact on pension and ruined reputation for conduct that, up until twenty years ago, was almost de rigeur in the police service.

Page last updated Friday 6th January, 2023 at 1740hrs

Thank you for reading and a polite request: If you wish to make a contribution to the running costs of this website it would be very much appreciated. Donations can made securely, via PayPal, at this link.

Corrections: Please let me know if there is a mistake in this article. I will endeavour to correct it as soon as possible.

Picture credits: PA Media

Right of reply: If you are mentioned in this article and disagree with it, please let me have your comments. Provided your response is not defamatory it will be added to the article.

© Neil Wilby 2015-2022. Unauthorised use, or reproduction, of the material contained in this article, without permission from the author, is strictly prohibited. Extracts from, and links to, the article (or blog) may be used, provided that credit is given to Neil Wilby Media, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Yesterday, saw an article published about the dismissal without notice of West Yorkshire Police officer, PC Kevin Wood, following disciplinary proceedings whre the standard of proof is the balkance of probabilities. The force has not reported whether criminal proceedings were instituted as a result of the alleged sexual touching or assault.

Lee Morgan was caught on CCTV feeling the bottoms of the two women during a night out in Yarm last December.

The 46-year-old was dressed in a red Mickey Mouse Christmas jumper at the time of the assaults, a court heard.

The former control room inspector at Cleveland Police had previously claimed he had no recollection of the events of the evening after an investigation was launched following a complaint about his sexually inappropriate behaviour.

Page last updated Monday 5th December, 2022 at 0750hrs

Thank you for reading and a polite request: If you wish to make a contribution to the running costs of this website it would be very much appreciated. Donations can made securely, via PayPal, at this link.

Corrections: Please let me know if there is a mistake in this article. I will endeavour to correct it as soon as possible.

Picture credits: IOPC

Right of reply: If you are mentioned in this article and disagree with it, please let me have your comments. Provided your response is not defamatory it will be added to the article.

© Neil Wilby 2015-2022. Unauthorised use, or reproduction, of the material contained in this article, without permission from the author, is strictly prohibited. Extracts from, and links to, the article (or blog) may be used, provided that credit is given to Neil Wilby Media, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Published by Neil Wilby

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

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