A South Yorkshire police officer who was found with 1,400 indecent images of children has been sacked by the force.
Lee Lucas, aged 39, of Prince of Wales Road, Manor, Sheffield, was dismissed for the child porn charges whilst ‘abusing his position’ to send thousands of inappropriate texts to ‘vulnerable’ victims.
Chief Constable David Crompton, branded the former officer ‘disgraceful’ in light of the offences.
Lucas, who was based at Maltby police station, pleaded guilty to eight counts of making indecent images of children and one of misconduct in the public office at a earlier hearing at Sheffield Crown Court. He will be sentenced on December 21.
Another former officer, Richard Whitham, 35, who was previously based at Moss Way Police Station, has also been dismissed after being convicted of two counts of common assault.
His crimes relate to an incident while off duty on 22 February in Sheffield. He will be sentenced on November 18.
Neither men were present for their hearings and the decision to dismiss them was made in their absence.
Chief Constable David Crompton said: “The hard working, committed staff in the force will be disgusted by the actions of these officers.
“They have been dismissed without notice following internal investigations and I hope this demonstrates that we are determined to uphold high standards of behaviour.”