Bromley police officer pleads guilty to having sexual relationship with 13-year-old girl
PUBLISHED: 16:46 02 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 September 2013
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A serving police officer, from Bromley, has admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
Andrew Gouge, 34, pleaded guilty to meeting a child following grooming and sexual activity with a child at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday.
He was arrested on April after witnesses saw him kissing and fondling a young girl..
Gouge first met his victim, then aged 13, on an internet chatroom. After exchanging details, they met up a number of times, usually in parks, where they would kiss.
Det Ch Insp Pete Thomas said: “Andrew Gouge has shown himself to be someone who has targeted, groomed and exploited a vulnerable young child for his own sexual needs.
“His conduct has caused significant harm and the investigation highlights the need to remain vigilant to the risks posed by social media and the internet in order to safeguard children.”
Gouge is set to be sentenced on Monday, September 30 and will also now be subject to a full misconduct hearing.