Former Lincolnshire police officer, 56, who engaged in sex acts with woman while on duty admits misconduct in public office
- Shaun Wheeler, 56, also admitted inappropriate communications with a woman
- The court heard he engaged in sexual acts with the woman between 2017 and 2018
- Also accused of having had a sexual communication with a woman
A former police officer who engaged in sexual acts with a woman while on duty has pleaded guilty to misconduct in the performance of a public duty.
Shaun Wheeler, 56, also admitted to having inappropriate communications with the woman after he was accused of abusing his powers for sexual purposes.
A court heard the former Lincolnshire police officer engaged in sexual acts with the woman, whom he met while on duty, between July 2017 and March 2018.
He appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court today where he pleaded guilty to one count of misconduct in public service.
Shaun Wheeler (pictured outside Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today), 56, also admitted to having inappropriate communications with the woman after he was accused of abusing his powers for sexual purposes
He was also accused of having inappropriate sexual communications with another woman he met while on duty between January and March 2019.
He has denied the second count of misconduct in public office and will stand trial at Nottingham Crown Court at a later date.
Dressed in a navy blue suit, Wheeler, from Sleaford, Lincolnshire, spoke only to confirm his name, address, date of birth and to enter his guilty and not guilty pleas.
He was released on unconditional bail to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on November 10.
He appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court (pictured) today where he pleaded guilty to one count of misconduct in public office
District Judge Leo Pyle told Wheeler: “As you have been advised, your charges, one to which you have pleaded guilty, are to be heard in Crown Court.”
“I will set that date at Nottingham Crown Court for November 10.
‘I will bail you out to get there on that date at that time. As for today, you are free to go.
The former police officer was charged following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
An IOPC spokesperson previously said: ‘We received a referral from the force in February 2019 and have been investigating the allegations against PC Wheeler, who resigned from the force later that year.
“At the end of the investigation in August 2020, the IOPC Fund decided that the case should be referred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, who have since cleared the charges of misconduct in public office.”