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Met officer sacked after making violent sexual threats

The messages were sent while the officer was off duty (Nick Ansell/PA) (PA Archive)
The messages were sent while the officer was off duty (Nick Ansell/PA) (PA Archive)

A Met police officer has been dismissed without notice for sending “grossly offensive” racist and misogynistic messages to a woman.

A misconduct hearing concluded on Wednesday February 28 and found PC David Seager’s behaviour amounted to gross misconduct.

The Met said the officer, who worked in south east London, sent a series of violent sexual threats to the woman, who he knew, between February and December 2020 while he was off-duty.

Detective Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry, lead for policing in the area, said: "The messages PC Seager sent were grossly offensive and upsetting. I cannot imagine the level of distress and harm they caused to the woman. The fact they were sent to her by a police officer is sickening.

"PC Seager has been rightly dismissed. The Commissioner has been clear that we remove anyone from the organisation who falls below the high standards we must uphold."

A misconduct investigation was launched by the Directorate of Professional Standards in October 2021 and the following month Seager was suspended from duty.

The hearing found he breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of authority, respect and courtesy, equality and diversity, and discreditable conduct.

PC Seager will be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct or His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

It is the latest in a long line of misconduct cases involving the Met which has faced greater public scrutiny since then-Met officer David Carrick was unmasked as one of the UK’s worst sex offenders when he was convicted of crimes committed against 12 women over 17 years.