Ex Cleveland officer Clare Ogden filmed video of her pleasuring herself while on duty, disbarred from force
Three personal videos were allegedly found on Clare Ogden's device, but the ex-officer only acknowledged that one of them was sexual
CLEVELAND, OHIO: A disgraced female police officer who exposed sensitive police information and made a pornographic video of herself in a restroom for amusement has been barred from the force. Clare Ogden, 40, a former PC who left the Cleveland Police after the charges were made, is no longer eligible for employment and is now subject to additional disciplinary action. Ogden was found guilty of two accusations of misconduct earlier. But the choice of whether to merely record the results or to impose additional sanctions was deferred until Wednesday, November 9.
The video was discovered after her phone was confiscated by superiors who believed she had been accessing sensitive information from the police computer and sharing it with a co-worker for fun, according to the Daily Mail. Three personal videos were allegedly found on the device, but the ex-officer only acknowledged that one of them was sexual. When questioned, she gave the justification that the footage had been shown to her partner during one of the Covid-19 lockdowns while she was likely on her lunch break. In beginning the case on behalf of Cleveland Police, attorney Mark Ley-Morgan said that former PC Ogden took the videos after reporting for duty at Redcar Police Station.
Morgan explicitly said “There are three videos. One is accepted of being of her performing a sex act upon herself. There are two others she is saying are not sexual. She accepts on her part that globally this allegation amounts to gross misconduct and one of the images is definitely sexualised.” He further added, “She says, ‘I’m not accepting I was on duty. I might have been on my lunch break.'”
“In my submission, that is wrong,” said the attorney. Despite Ogden's justifications, the misconduct panel determined that both claims against her constituted gross misconduct and recommended that the former constable be added to the list of people who are prohibited from holding public office. "The panel does not take personal satisfaction in reaching conclusions of this nature, but it does feel sympathy for any officer who is accused of misbehavior. Unfortunately, this cannot allow us to reach a conclusion that is contrary to the misbehavior regime's goals," said panel chairman Stephen Gowland, as per the report.
According to 'College of Policing' guidelines that were strengthened in the wake of the Sarah Everard case, Cleveland Police's attorney Mark Ley-Morgan had sought for the full weight of the law to be brought down on Ogden.