March 2019

Former Nottinghamshire Police officer sentenced for child sex offences

A former Nottinghamshire Police officer has been sentenced after admitting to committing child sex offences.

Lee Bowditch, 49, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday, March 12, where he was handed an eight month jail term, suspended for two years.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of making indecent images of children.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to engage a child in sexual communication, charges which he had previously denied.

The former Newark officer was arrested in April 2018 after he engaged with someone whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl on a dating site private chat room.

He sent the girl an indecent image of himself and messages of a sexual nature.

Bowditch was immediately suspended following his arrest and retired from the force in October 2018.

A special case hearing was held during the course of legal proceedings where chairman Chief Constable Craig Guildford found him guilty of gross misconduct and ruled that had the officer still been serving, he would have been dismissed from the service.

He will also appear on the barred list which prevents dismissed officers from working within policing and certain law enforcement bodies.

The former Newark officer was also given a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

February 2019

Former police officer convicted of child sex offences

A former Nottinghamshire police officer has admitted to committing child sex offences.

Lee Bowditch, 48, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today (Wednesday 13 February 2019) having previously pleaded guilty to two counts of making indecent images of children.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to engage a child in sexual communication, charges which he had previously denied.

The former Newark officer was arrested in April 2018 after he engaged with someone whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl on a dating site private chat room. He sent the girl an indecent image of himself and messages of a sexual nature.

He was immediately suspended following his arrest and retired from the force in October 2018. A Special Case Hearing was held during the course of legal proceedings where Chair Chief Constable Craig Guildford found him guilty of gross misconduct and ruled that had the officer still been serving, he would have been dismissed from the service. He will also appear on the barred list which prevents dismissed officers from working within policing and certain law enforcement bodies.

January 2019

Former Newark police officer admits indecent images charges

A former Newark police officer has pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children.

Lee Bowditch, 48, attended Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (Friday 18) charged with two counts of making indecent images of children and subsequently pleaded guilty.

Bowditch, a retired police constable of Nottinghamshire Police is now due to be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Friday 15 February.