MPS detective charged with child sex offences
An officer from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been charged with a number of child sex offences following an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary.
Detective Constable Francois Olwage, 51, who is attached to Specialist Operations, was arrested at an address in Basingstoke on Thursday, October 28.
Later the same day, he was charged with the following offences:
- Attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child;
- Attempting to cause/incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity;
- Arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence; and
- Meeting a girl under 16 years of age following grooming
Det Con Olwage was remanded in custody to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on October 29.
He has been suspended from duties and the matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Detective Chief Superintendent Donna Smith, Directorate of Professional Standards, said: “The arrest of DC Olwage follows a comprehensive investigation by detectives from Hertfordshire Constabulary and we will continue to offer them every support as their inquiries continue.
“He was suspended following his arrest for this serious and concerning offence. He has been charged and will now face criminal proceedings.”