A police sergeant who allegedly made sexual advances to one of his colleagues which included slapping her on the bottom and making degrading comments will face a misconduct panel later this month.

Over a period of two years, Northumbria Police Sgt Wayne Wright (8999) allegedly subjected the police officer, known only as PC A, to humiliating and offensive comments and acts. 

On Monday (September 25), Sgt Wright will face a three-day misconduct hearing over three allegations, where the panel will determine whether his behaviour amounted to 'gross misconduct'.

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Within the misconduct documents, released ahead of the hearing, Sgt Wright is alleged to have frequently made inappropriate embarrassing, degrading, humiliating, and offensive comments to a colleague between November 2019 and December 2021.

The comments were often sexual in nature.

The second allegation relates to an incident in August 2020, which saw Sgt Wright approach PC A from behind and slap her on the bottom with his hand while shouting “Woo”.

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Sgt Wright will also face a third allegation during next week's hearing, which states that around November or December 2020, whilst on duty, he came behind PC A and made loud and overtly sexual noises.

It is also alleged that Sgt Wright was carrying a hand sanitiser at the time and used the same to simulate a sexual act in the presence of and directed towards PC A.

During the misconduct hearing, which will take place at The Old Magistrates Court, Houghton Police Station, Houghton-le-Spring, it's for the panel to determine whether the sergeant breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour, in particular "Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Discreditable Conduct, and whether it amounted to Gross Misconduct".