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Court told how a Police Officer offered underage girl up to £500 for sex

Bedfordshire police had material on their website (now deleted) saying this man was some kind of exemplary police officer. It is interesting how the report on his court case and the headline of this report says he is an "ex-Police Officer" (other reports by the local newspaper say "ex-trainee Police Officer"), when he was a serving Police Officer at the time these alleged crimes supposedly occurred. Thus, this BBC story from May 2015 about him being charged, reports that he was a Policeman at the time of being charged and at the time the offence: "The charges cover October 2012 until December 2014. Mr Arshad was an officer with Bedfordshire Police between April and November last year." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-32653407 It seems the local newspaper was only too happy to imply that he was not a serving police officer at the time the alleged crimes took place. Moreover, isn't it rather strange for someone to be sacked/resign as a Police Officer between being charged and the case going to trial?

AN EX-LUTON policeman offered an underage girl from Watford hundreds of pounds to sleep with him, a jury heard today (February 18).

Mohammed Arshad, 35, from Luton allegedly sent a hundred messages to the girl, who was then 15, through the Blackberry Messenger app on her iPhone.

She told St Albans Crown Court that the man, who called himself Waz, had randomly contacted her on 28 June 2014.

The girl, who did not know how he got her details, said she saved 20 of the 100 messages she received as 'screen shots.'

In a video interview with the police, that was played to the jury of 6 men and 6 women, the girl said: "He said he wanted to sleep with me and do stuff with me.

"I told him to go away because he was weird.

"He asked how old I was. I told him I wasn't legal."

After a week, she said: "He messaged me and said do you want to earn some money? £100.

"The next day it went up to £200.

"Then it went up to £300 and £500.

"He kept sending me rude messages telling me what he wanted to do.

"He said he wanted to sleep with me."

The girl said she never met him and told her boyfriend at the time what happened.

Under cross-examination the girl, who is now 16, denied telling him she was 16.

She is alleged to be one of 13 young victims of Arshad, who is said to have 'trawled' social media to satisfy his obsession with teenage girls.

Arshad is accused of grooming numerous underage girls over the Internet, cruising around Luton with them in his black Mercedes and persuading them to have sexual activity with him.

Opening the case, prosecutor James Newton-Price told the jury: "He flattered girls and complimented them and sent sexually suggestive messages.

"Some of the girls liked the attention and may have been flattered, but if they are under 16 it doesn't matter.

"Most refused his sexual advances. Some thought it was a joke.

"He persistently pestered girls for sex or some sort of touching or groping."

Mr Newton-Price said the youngest of the girls was 13, nearly 14.

Arshad sent her a picture of his penis. He said the girls were very impressionable and at a vulnerable age.

It was also alleged that Arshad paid one 16 year old girl for sex - something that was illegal as she was aged under 18.

The prosecutor said the police officer would have known they were underage, as most were still at secondary school.

It would have been obvious they would have been under 16 or there would have been a high risk of it, he said.

The prosecutor went on: "He was more aware of the letter of the law than most people because he had a responsible position in the community.

"At the time he was seeking sexual contact with underage teenage girls, he was also a Police Constable with Bedfordshire police. "

Mr Newton-Price said Arshad applied to join the force in 2013 and was interviewed in April 2014, becoming a probationer.

"He didn't last long because these matters came to the attention of other police officers by October 2014.

"He was suspended from duty."

The court was told that when his home was searched, images of teenage girls were found on his Blackberry phone. 188 more images of teenage girls were also on his computers.

"We say the images are clear evidence of an obsessive interest in teenage girls," said Mr Newton-Price.

He told the jury that Arshad contacted and arranged to meet numerous teenage girls. 12 of the 13 girls were aged under 16 and too young to consent to sexual activity with an adult.

Arshad, of Ferndale Road, Luton, denies 22 charges. 11 are causing a child to engage in sexual activity, 3 of sexual activity with a child, 4 of meeting a child following sexual grooming, one of rape, supplying cannabis, causing a child to watch a sexual act and paying for the sexual services of a child.

The charges relate to 13 alleged victims who were aged between 13 and 16 and cover a period between October 2012 until December 2014.

When questioned by the police, he gave a prepared statement saying he thought the girls were aged 16 or over.

Case continues.

http://www.luton-dunstable.co.uk/Court-told-ex-Luton-copper-Mohammed-Arshad/story-28763325-detail/story.html

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