Former police officer, 47, is jailed for 13 years for a string of child sex offences against young girls committed while he was serving
- Ex-police officer Ross O’Grady committed the offences between 2014 and 2016
- Detectives found that some of the girls were abused while he was still an officer
- O’Grady was jailed last week and must also sign sex offenders register for life
Ross O’Grady, 47, abused his position of trust as a police officer to commit the crimes against young girls
A former police officer has been jailed for 13 years after he committed a string of child sex offences, some while serving.
Ross O’Grady, 47, abused his position of trust to commit the crimes against young girls, some during his time at West Midlands Police.
He originally denied eight counts of sexual assault against child victims in a two-year campaign of abuse between 2014 and 2016.
But he later pleaded guilty to five of those charges during a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
O’Grady, of Brownhills, Walsall, West Midlands was jailed last Wednesday and ordered to sign the sex offender register for life.
The former PC was dismissed in June 2016 for gross misconduct relating to an unrelated theft in which he stole two cans of Carling lager.
O’Grady had claimed he had he had been suffering from depression and PTSD for ten years because of the horrors he witnessed on duty.
He said he needed the beer for medicinal purposes as he saw ‘dead babies, murdered bodies and guns in his face’ when he tried to sleep.
He took the cans from Aldridge Police Station and claimed at a disciplinary hearing: ‘It’s not about me being a barmy copper, it’s about me being seriously ill.’
The sexual offences then came to light in 2017 when the victims bravely came forward to report the crimes.
He originally denied eight counts of sexual assault against child victims in a two-year campaign of abuse between 2014 and 2016 before pleading guilty to five at Wolverhampton Crown Court
Detectives found he had carried out some of his offences while he was a serving police officer.
Detective Sergeant Sam Kirk, from the public protection unit at West Midlands Police, said after the case: ‘O’Grady’s behaviour was despicable.
‘He held a position of trust and he abused this by committing these heinous crimes.
‘I commend the bravery of his victims, it has been an extremely traumatic time for them.
‘There is no place in society for this kind of behaviour and O’Grady must now serve time behind bars.’
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