A police officer has been jailed after pleading guilty to assault and indecent assault of a woman.
Jonathan Allwright, 49, of Preston, admitted three charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, one count of common assault and one of indecent assault.
All the charges date between 1996 and 2012 and relate to one female victim who was known to the defendant.
Allwright appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today (Monday, March 5th) and was sentenced to six years.
He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
Allwright most recently served as a sergeant on the Road Policing Unit at Blackpool before his suspension in September 2016. He will now face misconduct proceedings.
Lancashire Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable Sunita Gamblin said: “For many years the victim in this case was apprehensive about telling the police of the control and abuse she had suffered. She was worried she would not be believed as the perpetrator committed this abuse whilst employed as a police officer. It has taken a tremendous amount of courage for this lady to come forward and place her faith in Lancashire Police. I would like to thank her for trusting us to seek justice on her behalf. The conviction and sentencing today is a result of the strength the victim has shown and the support she has received from police and partner agencies.
“I hope this conviction and sentence will reassure victims of physical and sexual abuse that no matter what the circumstances are and no matter who the perpetrator is, we will investigate with integrity and fairness and support survivors of abuse.
“Albeit these offences were committed off duty, Jonathan Allwright’s behaviour is abhorrent and in stark contrast to the high standards and ethics held by the employees of Lancashire Constabulary.
“His offending has risked undermining the Police Service and the excellent work the vast majority of officers and staff do every day. “