A serving police officer has been jailed after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a colleague while on duty.
PC Rytis Gilys, 33, attached to Newham borough has today, Tuesday, 19 April been found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of one count of sexual assault against a female colleague whilst on duty.
The offence took place in late 2013, where Gilys telephoned a colleague to offer her the opportunity to attend a vehicle seizure with him. Being new to the role, the junior colleague accepted and whilst parked on a quiet street, he began talking inappropriately about sex.
He then proceeded to touch her leg on two occasions; both times the victim pushed his hands away. Gilys also moved his hand towards her belt, but the victim once again pushed his hand away.
Complaints were made by the victim to her supervisor. This led to an investigation by the Directorate of Professional Standards during which Gilys was suspended from duty.
Following this investigation the officer stood trial for five counts of sexual assault against three female colleagues whilst on duty – he was cleared of four counts. PC Gilys had previously pleaded not guilty to all five counts when he appeared on 6 August 2015 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
In summarising the case, Judge Gledhill QC said: “As a serving police constable, behaving in the way you did, can only be dealt with by an immediate custodial sentence.”
Directorate of Professional Standards, Chief Superintendent Matt Gardner said: “PC Gilys abused the trust placed in him as a police officer and used his seniority in service to abuse a junior colleague.
“No one should have to suffer such behaviour in any circumstances but for a police officer to behave in this way is even more disgraceful.”
The officer has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.
Now that the criminal proceedings have concluded a misconduct review will take place