South Yorkshire detective accused of touching woman in 'sexual manner'

A South Yorkshire detective is facing misconduct proceedings over claims that he touched a woman in a ‘sexual manner’ when he was supposed to have been interviewing her about an assault by her ex-partner.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 10:37 am

DC Craig Winkless, employed by South Yorkshire Police, is to go before a misconduct panel next week over an allegation that he breached the standards of professional behaviour expected of a police officer over claims he made ‘inappropriate and unprofessional sexualised comments’ towards the woman and ‘inappropriately touched’ her in a ‘sexualised manner’.

South Yorkshire Police said: “On 25th April 2019, DC Winkless visited witness A at her home address as part of his duties, whilst investigating an allegation of assault by her ex-partner.

“Whilst at the address it is alleged that the officer made inappropriate and unprofessional sexualised comments and it is further alleged that he also inappropriately touched witness A in a sexualised manner.

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South Yorkshire detective Craig Winkless is subject to misconduct proceedings

“Furthermore, after leaving the address it is alleged that the officer made inappropriate and unprofessional contact with witness A by text message.

“Based on the information available at this time the conduct described above, if proved or admitted, has been assessed as amounting to gross misconduct, in relation to breaches of the standards of professional behaviour relating to honesty and integrity, authority, respect and courtesy, duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct’.

The hearing may run for five days.

If misconduct cases are proven, options available to police chiefs include cautions, words of advice, final warnings and instant dismissal from the force.

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