Police volunteer chief sacked following sexual assault case

The most senior volunteer officer in Dyfed-Powys Police has been dismissed after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

Dec 12, 2019
By Tony Thompson

Former Special Constabulary Chief Officer Cairn Newton-Evans was served with a conditional caution for sexual assault on November 28 following a criminal investigation. Shortly afterwards he tendered his resignation from his policing role.

Chief Constable Mark Collins instigated a fast track disciplinary process and chaired a public misconduct hearing which took place today (December 12).

The hearing was told that Mr Newton-Evans had been introduced to two off-duty colleagues while out in a Carmarthen pub on the evening of November 8.

“He informed both that he was a high-ranking officer. He later placed his hand on the buttocks of one of them, and then placed his arm on the shoulder of another colleague before sliding his hand down to his buttocks and touching him,” said Mr Collins. He added that “the touching was sexual” in nature.

The hearing found that gross misconduct was proven and the decision was made to dismiss Mr Newton-Evans. It was also ruled that his name be added to the College of Policing barred list, preventing him from working in law enforcement in the future.

Mr Newton-Evans had been inspired to join the police ten years ago after suffering a homophobic attack. He was awarded a British Empire Medal earlier this year for his “contribution to the LGBT community” and supporting victims of hate crime.

Following the concluding of the hearing, Mr Collins said: “Cairn has given his time to Dyfed-Powys Police for many years and I am grateful for the work he has done. However, as an organisation we will always strive to uphold standards of ethical and professional behaviour and where a representative of the force has done wrong, we will investigate and utilise the powers available to us, to ensure we maintain a workforce that continues to reflect the values by which we stand.

“We will always listen to victims of crime and will act on what they tell us, conducting thorough investigations and acting upon those findings to ensure justice is delivered and is seen to be delivered.”

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