A former police community support officer has been fined for performing a “repulsive” sex act in an East Dulwich park – while wearing his uniform.
Former PCSO Kevin Phillips, 56, was filmed on a bench in Dog Kennel Hill open space performing the act while on duty. The video was watched tens of thousands of times on the internet. Police did not specify what the act was, but the BBC has reported it as a solo sex act and said previously, Croydon Magistrates’ Court heard that Phillips blamed his behaviour on stress and a medical condition.
Phillips, who was with the roads and transport policing unit of the Met and has since resigned, was found guilty of outraging public decency and fined £500.
Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens, who leads the Met’s roads and transport policing command, said that Phillips’ behaviour was “repulsive” adding that the act was “contrary to everything the decent officers and staff of the Metropolitan Police stand for.
“He has let down a great many of his colleagues and the public whom we serve. There is absolutely no place in the Met for such appalling behaviour.
Officers first became aware of the video on March 30 and Phillips was arrested and charged the next day. He pleaded guilty at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on April 1. He was bailed to appear on June 16 for sentencing.
An independent police investigation found that he would have been fired if he had not already resigned.
Chief Superintendent Ovens added: “As soon as we became aware of the video we took immediate action to investigate. Officers worked through the night to identify him and secure a warrant for his arrest. The investigation, led by our new Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offences professionalism team, resulted in Phillips’ arrest, charge and guilty plea within 48 hours. I trust such swift action will assure the public how seriously we take breaches of trust and confidence and how robustly we will work to root out those who undermine the service.”