London, July 20 (ANI): A Brit policeman has been suspended after claims were made that he told women suspects he would not charge them if they had sex with him.
The 41-year-old detective has been bailed and suspended, as colleagues investigate allegations involving at least 23 girls he has arrested since 1998.
Police sources say that he picked on young, attractive suspects, who were mainly shoplifters and homeless women.
On other occasions, he allegedly offered drug bribes to junkies who had stolen to feed their addiction, and hounded released girls at home for more "perverted" favours.
"If the allegations are true, it's appalling what he's been doing," the Sun quoted the source as saying.
"He's supposedly told them he can make sure they won't be charged, so long as they did sexual favours for him. According to the women who've been questioned, what he's asked them to do is perverted.
"We've even been told he's been turning up at the homes or hostels where they stay to blackmail them into giving him more sexual favours. When we heard the news, we were stunned," the source stated.
The divorced officer has been based in Newcastle and Northumberland over the years, and he was a uniformed PC before moving to CID.
The investigation is being carried out by Northumbria Police's Professional Standards Department, based at its Ponteland HQ, and supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
"An officer has been arrested in connection with allegations of serious sexual offences and misconduct in a public office," a spokeswoman confirmed. (ANI)