A Metropolitan police counter-terrorism officer has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail for arranging to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex, bringing with him erectile disfunction tablets, condoms and lubricant. Detective Constable Francois Olwage was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court today (Wednesday, April 27), after being found guilty of arranging to meet the teenager while he was supposed to be on duty, working from home.
He had been chatting with the ‘girl’ for two weeks before arranging to meet including sexually explicit conversations, but she was actually an undercover Metropolitan Police officer. Olwage was arrested in a McDonalds in Basingstoke on his way to meet ‘Caitlin’ in a park.
When searched, the officers found in his bag two condoms, a bottle of lubricant and a packet of Tadalafil erectile disfunction tablets. He also had a box of Ferrero Rocher and was arrested while buying a Mcflurry on his way to the meet.
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Olwage, 52, from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, claimed during the trial he did not really think it was a teenager, but an adult “playing out a fantasy”. He had rented a flat in the area for the evening, the court heard.
Before the planned meeting, the court heard he had messaged: “Because of your age, things can go very wrong for us, I could be breaking the law, lose my job, social services be called.
“I do not want any of that for us so we can’t meet tomorrow for anything sexual so it can only be about us meeting to chat and spending time together.”
He was convicted of attempted sexual communication with a child, attempting to cause/incite a girl aged 13 to engage in sexual activity, and attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following grooming.
He also pleaded guilty at the start of the trial to an offence of improperly exercising his police powers and privileges in order to receive the “benefit of sexual gratification”.
Sentencing Olwage, Judge Jane Miller QC told him: “You were a highly regarded police officer with considerable experience.
“You were expected to uphold the law but by trying to take advantage of a vulnerable child, albeit fictional, you showed a disregard for the public trust and confidence that is held in your office.”
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