20th July 2020

A Police Misconduct Panel heard allegations in June 2020 that Police Officer Richard Hosken-Johns had sex with two vulnerable women while on duty.

The incidents happened between 2012 and 2018.  P.C. Hosken-Johns resigned before the hearing denying all allegations.  He was also accused of having sexual relations on duty with a third woman.

A Misconduct Panel found him guilty of gross misconduct and banned him from policing for 5 years.  They stated had he not left the Force on 21 June 2020 he would have faced dismissal without notice.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton of Devon and Cornwall Police is reported as stating:

“P.C. Hosken-Johns deliberately took advantage of these women at a time when they were considered as vulnerable and approached the Police for help and support”.

This type of behaviour has undoubtedly significantly eroded the women’s trust and confidence in Police.

I hope that the positive stance we have taken goes someway to regaining their trust and confidence”.

Both women told the hearing that the Police Officer had known they were vulnerable.  One of the women stated she had suffered domestic violence and mental health issues.