Two things stick out:
During the taped interview, the culprit mentioned other friends of his who were committing acts on their siblings, but no action was taken on this.
Indeed one Child Abuse Unit officer, DC Paul Alabaster, admitted he told the 12-year-old boy, and always told other young sex offenders, to ‘do it with someone your own age next time’.Just how many cases went unreported? How many families will now wonder if their family too was affected?
And then there's this...
Hawkings wrote her Operation Falcon report during July and August 2013 and then submitted it to the Deputy Chief Constable Derek Benson. Though serious failings were acknowledged, the gross misconduct against all four Child Abuse Unit officers had been downgraded.
An appeal to the IPCC confirmed there would be no more than misconduct meetings for DC Alabaster and DC Bainbridge. By this time DI Glassfield had retired.
‘We discovered the culprit had admitted the rape in his taped interview but the officers did not report him for the offence. Thus the Essex Police Child Abuse Unit officers decided to give a caution for rape of a small child without CPS advice. We specifically asked if the failing officers would return to work within the Child Abuse Unit and were assured that this would “absolutely not” happen,’ Peter says.And, poor sap, he believed them.
Bainbridge and Alabaster had returned to the Essex Police Child Abuse Unit, where they remain as serving officers.That's right. They remain there to this day. Surely the officer who wrote the report is outraged at this?
In a statement, Essex Police confirmed that three officers had been issued with written warnings but refused to comment further.
‘For our family it will never be over,’ says Sara.
‘Hawkings has now been promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent – Head of Public Protection and the Child Abuse Unit.‘Ah. I guess not.