Ex-Policeman Jailed

17 April 2016, 11:21 | Updated: 17 April 2016, 11:25

A Hastings Pc who sent sex videos filmed at the police station to prostitutes has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Luke Smith, 34, of Eversley Road, Bexhill, pleaded guilty to three charges, including obtaining personal data from police systems, when he appeared in court in February

When he re-appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (April 15), Smith was sentenced to 15 months for each of the misconduct in public office charges, to run concurrently, and was fined £1 for the data protection offence.

Judge Charles Kemp told him: "I have taken into account the references you have provided and these show your professionalism, work ethic and good communication skills. If it were not for these matters, you could have looked forward to a long career in the police service - you have thrown that all away. You have said that you feel ashamed.

"There is a very real tragedy of the consequences of your actions for you and your family."

Deputy Chief Constable Robin Smith said: "Smith has tarnished the name of Sussex Police, has wrongly discredited thousands of hard-working and supremely conscientious colleagues and above all else, has abjectly failed the people of Sussex who put their trust in us."

"No employer anywhere can be absolutely certain that the person they interview, vet and employ will not at some point prove a major disappointment to them, but when it does happen we will respond openly and honestly about the action we have taken.

"The police service has a national code of ethics that we expect officers and staff to abide by. Smith has fallen woefully short of those standards."

Following his pleas of guilt to the offences at a previous hearing, a fast track disciplinary hearing was held at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes on March 31. He did not appear in person, but his representative from the Sussex Police Federation told Chief Constable Giles York that Smith had taken 'a pragmatic view to the likely outcome and admitted the offences'.