‘Hero’ police officer sacked after unzipping his trousers in front of vulnerable teen

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'Hero' police officer sacked after unzipping his trousers in front of vulnerable teen
PC Declan Gabriel leaves Kettering has been dismissed from the force (Picture: PA)

A ‘hero’ police officer who saved a baby’s life has been sacked after he took a vulnerable teenager to a secluded lay-by and unzipped his trousers.

PC Declan Gabriel, 28, was once branded a ‘a true hero’ but was dismissed Friday for gross misconduct after an incident involving a 17-year-old girl in Northampton in September 2015.

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He attended a domestic incident involving the girl and her mother but instead of taking the teenager to a place of safety, he asked her about her relationship with her boyfriend.

He then drove to a secluded lay-by where he unzipped his trousers and put his hands inside them claiming that he needed to re-adjust his underwear.

PC Gabriel stated during a trial earlier this year the teenager then touched him inappropriately.

Seven months before the incident, he saved the life of a 12-month old girl after performing CPR on her before taking her to hospital.

The girl’s mother, Rachel, said on Facebook: ‘Thank you, Declan, for saving my daughter’s life.

'Hero' police officer sacked after unzipping his trousers in front of vulnerable teen
Pc Declan Gabriel once saved a baby’s life (Picture: PA)

‘I’ll always be truly grateful. You’re a true hero.’

PC Gabriel failed to appear at his fast track misconduct hearing and was dismissed without notice.

He failed to report the incident or request another officer join him to take the teenager on to the place of safety.

He also failed to note the incident in his pocket notebook or on forms he filled in about the domestic incident involving the teenager.

Chief Constable Simon Edens, from Northamptonshire Police, said: ‘PC Gabriel had a significant amount of power and authority, particularly in relation to a teenage girl who was temporarily in his care.

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‘The gravity of the breaches and the circumstances in which PC Gabriel committed them leave me in no doubt that he has committed gross misconduct, conduct so serious that it justifies dismissal.

‘PC Gabriel has grossly breached the trust placed in him by the force, the community, and by the young girl and her family.’

His name has been placed on a College of Policing register so he cannot be employed by any police force in the country.

The officer was found not guilty of rape and two counts of sexual assault during a trial in February this year.

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