A London policeman has been dismissed for inappropriate communication with a child and possession of indecent images.
PC Andrew Coughlan, formerly of the Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC), has been summarily sacked by the Metropolitan Police Service.
Coughlan answered to allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the Met’s standards of professional behaviour in respect of ‘discreditable conduct’ at a gross misconduct hearing on Wednesday, 10 January.
On May 19 2014, Coughlan contacted a 15-year-old girl and engaged in an inappropriate online exchange of messages.
On March 12 2015 Coughlan was arrested. During a search of his property five unlawful indecent images of children were found on his computer.
The hearing panel found gross misconduct proven and PC Coughlan was dismissed without notice.