- PC Hussain Chehab, 22, was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday
- He was sentenced to five years for crimes including sex with a 14-year-old boy.
A Metropolitan Police Safer Schools pedophile officer has been jailed for five years for a series of child sex offences, including having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
PC Hussain Chehab, 22, was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday on four counts of sexual activity with a 13- to 15-year-old girl and offenses involving indecent images of children.
The sexual activity offenses took place between March and September 2019, before Chehab joined the Metropolitan Police the following year.
They only came to light when the girl’s family reported in July 2021 that their daughter had had a sexual relationship with Chehab, which it later emerged began when she was 14 years old.
Chehab also admitted three counts of taking indecent photographs of a child and one count of engaging in sexual communication with a child.
At trial, the Wood Green Crown Court also heard that the officer was found with 882 still and moving indecent images of children on his devices while he was a Met official.
The Met said some of these offenses were committed while he was stationed at a north London school between May and August 2021.
He was sacked from Scotland Yard without warning, and Barbara Gray, the Met’s deputy commissioner responsible for professionalism, told The Times earlier this month: “Crimes of this kind undermine public confidence in the police service.”
Sir Mark Rowley apologized to Chehab’s victims when he appeared before the London Assembly Crime and Police Committee in January this year.
He said: ‘The sexual contact offenses took place before he joined the police, but sadly they were not known. And then while he was on the police force, she was engaging in what you could broadly describe as grooming activity.
“It’s appalling and you obviously apologize to the victims, they shouldn’t be facing that at the hands of a police officer.”
No verdict was recorded on four other charges of taking indecent photographs of a child, which the judge ordered to remain on file.
An expedited misconduct process will take place in light of the guilty pleas, the Met said.
The revelations come as Scotland Yard grapples with the fallout from the David Carrick scandal, after it was discovered the beleaguered force had one of Britain’s worst rapists lurking in its ranks for 20 years.
Chehab had sexual relations with the schoolgirl on at least two occasions between March 1 and November 16, 2019, when she was 18 years old and before joining the Met Police.
Chehab joined the Met on March 30, 2020, and came to the attention of police in July 2021 after a complaint was filed.
He was arrested the following month, while working as a safer schools officer at a secondary school in Enfield, which is one of the districts he covered along with Haringey.
The case manager at the misconduct hearing was PC Christie Koller, who told the hearing that after officers seized Chabab’s personal devices, they discovered indecent images of children and text messages with the 14-year-old schoolgirl.
He added that Chebab brought the police service into disrepute with his behaviour.
Chehab received the misconduct documents on February 21, but did not attend the hearing.
Of these, 293 were category A images, the most serious, and some were said to be of children as young as two.
Sarah Ellis, defending Chehab, said the images had reached his devices due to membership in chat groups, adding that he himself was not looking for images of the younger children.
“He will say yes, he was interested in adolescents, but he has no interest in two-year-olds,” she told the court.
Judge John Dodd, KC, released him on bail under strict conditions: he must not contact his victim or have unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18.
But he warned Chehab, from Barnet, north London, that he faced a long prison term.
“He has admitted to some extremely serious crimes and I don’t want you to misunderstand that he should prepare for a prison sentence,” Judge Dodd said.