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Met inspector sacked for gay website boast of sex with boy, 14 Justin Davenport, Crime Editor Justin Davenport, Crime Editor 15 Nov 2011
A senior Metropolitan Police officer has been sacked for claiming on a gay dating website that he had sex with a 14-year-old boy.
Chief Inspector John Duffy, 46, made the boast to a stranger. He is also said to have offered to meet partners for sex while wearing his uniform and to have claimed he had taken cocaine. The officer - who was in charge of the scene in Stockwell after Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police in 2005 - was found guilty of gross misconduct.
He was arrested at his home in Tunbridge Wells by Kent Police on suspicion of sexual assault in June last year. An inquiry found insufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution.
A source said: "There was no evidence that he did have sex with a boy. It was a sick boast, a fantasy."
However, an internal investigation was launched by the Met's directorate of professional standards under the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Duffy was sacked last Thursday after a two-day hearing.
He is the third Met officer sacked in a month. A constable was dismissed for mishandling 999 calls and a sergeant was fired for indecently assaulting a vulnerable teenager.
Details emerged last week that a Met inspector had been sacked for his activities on the internet but Duffy was not named, and no details of the circumstances were revealed. Duffy was the senior officer in charge of securing Stockwell Tube station after electrician Mr Menezes, 27, was killed by police marksmen when he was mistaken for a suicide bomber.
The IPCC said: "The breaches relate to claims made to members of the public on an interactive dating website that he was a serving police officer and that he had committed criminal offences including drug taking and a sexual offence."
IPCC Commissioner Mike Franklin said: "Officers hold positions of authority and trust. Those who discredit their role cannot expect to continue to serve the public."