Met officer, 52, jailed for arranging to meet a girl, 13, for sex

Meet police officer 'took condoms and erectile dysfunction pills to meet a girl of 13'

Detective Francois Olwage has been jailed for five and a half years (Photo: PA)

An earlier Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism officer has been jailed after meeting ‘a 13-year-old girl’ for sex while ‘working from home’.

Detective Francois Olwage was sentenced on Wednesday to five and a half years in Winchester Crown Court.

He spent two weeks sharing explicit sexual messages with what he thought was a teenager living in Hampshire in October 2021.

But he really talked to an undercover police officer by using the username ‘Smile Bear’ before calling himself Caitlin on WhatsApp.

Police were waiting to arrest him as he traveled to meet the victim in a park in Basingstoke.

Two condoms, a bottle of lube and a pack of Tadalafil erectile dysfunction tablets were found as police searched his bag.

There was also a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, which Peter Shaw, prosecutor, suggested was a gift for the ‘girl’.

The policeman denied having a sexual interest in children, but was found guilty of three sexual offenses of children earlier in April.

Olwage had told the court that he ‘never believed’ that Smile Bear was a 13-year-old girl and that he thought it was an adult ‘playing out a fantasy’.

But Judge Jane Miller QC, when judging Olwage, told him: ‘You were a highly regarded police officer with considerable experience.

‘You were expected to uphold the law, but by trying to take advantage of a vulnerable child, even if it was fictitious, you showed a breach of the public trust and confidence that is in your office.’

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