Sheffield police officer found guilty of assaulting woman

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A Sheffield police officer has been found guilty of assaulting a woman in February this year.

Richard Whitham, 35, of Woodfield Road, Crookes, was convicted of two counts of common assault at Leeds Magistrates’ Court today.

The charges relate to an incident while off duty on February 22 in Sheffield.

Whitham, who is a PC and was previously based at Moss Way Police Station in Sheffield, will be sentenced on Wednesday 18 November.

Whitham, who is currently suspended, will now have his position at the force considered under its misconduct procedures.

Detective Superintendent Terry Mann, head of the force’s Professional Standards Department, said: “We are committed to maintaining high professional standards and any criminal allegation against a member of our staff is thoroughly investigated, the consequences of which may, as proven in this case, justify criminal proceedings. Once finalised, their position within South Yorkshire Police has to be considered.”