- 21 сентября 2019, 09:00
People who reported abuse reveal the personal impact of police forces’ requests for their data
In January 2017, a 30-year-old man reported himself to the Metropolitan police. He informed officers he had been having sex with a minor and had potentially given him a sexually transmitted infection. The minor, a 12-year-old boy, confirmed the details of the abuse and rape to police officers in February 2017.
Despite the age of the victim, which meant the case was a matter of statutory rape with no defence of “mistaken reasonable belief”, and the admission by the perpetrator, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said a review of the boy’s phone was required for a charging decision to be made. Among the data the Met’s specialist unit were instructed to extract and review were 40,000 messages from the boy’s phone.Continue reading...