A Wiltshire police officer has pleaded guilty to charges relating to an inappropriate sexual relationship with a vulnerable woman.

Darren Thorn, 44, who now lives in Devon, pleaded guilty to one charge of corruption, two charges of computer misuse and one charge of misconduct in a public office.

He entered the pleas during an appearance at Reading Crown Court yesterday (November 29).

Thorn, who worked as a response officer in Swindon, has been released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced on February 4, 2022.

The charges relate to a period of time between June 2017 and June 2018, and centre on a relationship with a vulnerable woman who he met on duty.

They include accessing police computer systems in order to obtain personal data about members of the public and passing on confidential policing information.

Thorn was arrested in 2018 when the allegations came to light and suspended from the force.

The investigation was carried out by Wiltshire Police, supervised by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Now court proceedings are complete, a public gross misconduct hearing will be held next month.

Paul Mills, Deputy Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police, said: “Upon becoming aware of these matters, PC Thorn was arrested and immediately suspended from duty.

“Following today’s guilty pleas, we will now commence a public gross misconduct hearing.

"At the conclusion of these proceedings, the force will release a full statement concerning this case.”

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