A top detective who sent topless pictures to an attempted rape victim and asked her about sugar daddy arrangements has been fired.

Sergeant Jonathan Pearce was sacked after being found to have committed gross misconduct while on duty with the Kent Police force.

The long-serving officer tried to enter into a relationship with a vulnerable young woman he met on Facebook.

He had specialist training in dealing with sexual offences, and the woman had come to him and told him she had been victim of an attempted rape.

The cop was found to have sent a series of flirty text messages to the woman at a misconduct hearing on Wednesday October 14.

Messages included a topless picture, and telling the victim that if he were "20 years younger" he would have asked her out.

As well as this, Pearce is said to have responded "maybe a little bit" to the woman who had text him saying "you want me."

Pearce also asked the girl what he would get in return after she sent him a screenshot from a newspaper article about sugar daddies.

Chairwoman Chiew Yin Jones, who was delivering the employment panel's ruling, said: "The officer's failure to refer Miss A to the appropriate safeguarding processes left her potentially vulnerable to further harm.

"The panel was satisfied that the officer's conduct was likely to undermine public confidence in policing."

It was found Mr Pearce had tried to conceal his involvement with Miss A by deleting messages between them, but recognised he officer had no previous disciplinary matters on his record.

The panel concluded the levels of harm and culpability of Pearce were high and the outcome was dismissal.

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Professional Standards Department said: "DS Pearce received considerable training and benefited from years of experience in dealing with sexual offences.

"He failed to safeguard a vulnerable woman or take any action following the disclosure of a serious offence.

"He continued to engage with the victim, sending her sexually suggestive messages.

"The vast majority of Kent Police officers conduct themselves professionally, putting victims of crime at the heart of everything they do and for the last four years the force has been graded as 'outstanding' by the independent policing inspectorate for the way people are treated."

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