A FORMER South Yorkshire police officer dubbed the ‘Pervert PC’ has been suspended from his new job as a council housing officer following revelations about his criminal past as a sex pest and an armed robber.
Graham Fearon, who was based at West Bar police station in Sheffield, was jailed for three-and-a-half years in 1985 after admitting two charges of robbery and two indecent assaults on 11-year-old boys.
Armed with a kitchen knife he terrorised a female off licence worker into handing over cash from a till, tried to rob a petrol station at Parkgate, and stole £756 from a restaurant in Thurcroft. He also later admitted having indecently assaulted two boys - approaching them in a derelict building in Thrybergh in 1982, telling them he was a police officer and warning them they were in trouble, then smacking their bottoms.
He asked for similar offences against 12 and 13-year-olds to be taken into consideration, and confessed he had paid other boys to appear in photographs which he kept in his house in Maltby, Rotherham.
Fearon’s crimes were committed when he was a uniformed constable aged 24.
Now 50, he lives in Kent - where for the last six years he has been employed as a housing officer by Sevenoaks District Council.
His work involves helping to find accommodation for vulnerable families and single people including teenagers leaving care.
Sevenoaks District Council admitted it knew of his past convictions in South Yorkshire, and confessed to putting in place safeguards so he could work.
But despite court records, and Fearon’s own admissions in 1985, the council claims his crimes of indecent assault were committed “on two males aged 16 or over”.
A spokesman for Sevenoaks Council confirmed Fearon had been suspended while an investigation is carried out. A spokesman said he had been “subject to an enhanced CRB check, which brought to light his convictions dating back to 1985” but added: “We carried out a thorough risk assessment and determined Mr Fearon does not pose a risk to the public.”