Lee Morgan, 45, from Ingleby Barwick, tapped and grabbed the bottoms of two Cleveland Police co-workersThe temporary police inspector also made comments throughout the night Teesside Magistrates' Court heard how the 'root cause of the problem is alcohol' Cleveland Police said that he was the most senior working officer at the event
A boozed-up police inspector who sexually assaulted two colleagues at a Christmas party in Yarm has resigned from the force.
Lee Morgan tapped and grabbed the bottoms of two Cleveland Police co-workers on a night out last December.
The 45-year-old, who was a temporary police inspector (T/PI) in the force control room, resigned last Monday ahead of misconduct proceedings this week.
Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard last month how the ‘root cause of the problem is alcohol’ but Morgan is now receiving counselling.
The former officer, who lives in Ingleby Barwick, north Yorkshire is alleged to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to honesty and integrity; authority, respect and courtesy; and discreditable conduct.
Lee Morgan (pictured), 45, is alleged to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to honesty and integrity; authority, respect and courtesy; and discreditable conduct
Cleveland Police’s notice of the upcoming misconduct proceedings, which will take place on Wednesday, outlines that Morgan was the most senior working officer at the social event.
The document outlines the allegations that Morgan sexually touched two women’s bottoms, without consent, during the event, which was said in court to be a Christmas party.
A previous court hearing was told how on the first sex assault, Morgan tapped the woman two or three times on her rear. Morgan then launched his next assault, walking behind the second woman and grabbing her buttock.
He also made comments throughout the night and the incidents were captured on CCTV.
Teesside Magistrates’ Court (pictured) heard last month how the ‘root cause of the problem is alcohol’ but Morgan is now receiving counselling
The first victim told how a ‘boundary had been crossed’. The second victim stated she ‘didn’t consider herself to be a victim of a sex assault’, saying: ‘I don’t recall being bothered at that time. I’ve not been affected since.’
Having admitted two counts of sexual assault, Morgan, who joined the force in May 2002, will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on December 12.
The forces website outlines: ‘It is alleged that T/PI Morgan’s conduct, if proved, breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour, namely:
Honesty and Integrity. The conduct is a breach of this standard in respect of integrity only.
Authority, Respect and Courtesy.