Sheffield news 'I would never hit a child' says policeman accused of slapping girl, 6 PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - PC Steven Dodds appeared for the first session of his hearing today after the child showed her teachers a hand print mark

Sheffield news 'I would never hit a child' says policeman accused of slapping girl, 6 PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - PC Steven Dodds appeared for the first session of his hearing today after the child showed her teachers a hand print mark

Sheffield news 'I would never hit a child' says policeman accused of slapping girl, 6 PremierLeague-News.Com
22 November 2022 - 19:46

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A police officer has denied allegations he would have hit a child in a misconduct hearing after a six-year-old girl claimed he hit her. PC Steven Dodds of West Yorkshire Police attended the first session in a misconduct hearing on Tuesday, November 22, after it was alleged he caused the girl 'visible injury' on her lower back/left buttock by slapping her while he was off duty. The action is claimed to amount to gross misconduct - meaning PC Dodds could be fired if the allegation is found at the hearing to be likely true. A criminal trial concerning the issue earlier in 2022 acquitted PC Dodds of the allegation and he continues to deny it. But the Appropriate Authority is making the case that it is likely the child is telling the truth, which, if accepted by the panel, would meet the standard of proof for finding misconduct, if not criminal conduct. Read more: Driver made girlfriend take the blame for crash which killed Rotherham pensioner Mr Daniel Penman, presenting for the Appropriate Authority, described how on January 31, 2020, the six-year-old girl (who cannot be identified) told one of her teachers her side hurt. Her teacher had a look, and discovered a mark that resembled a hand print, the hearing heard. Initially, the child told teachers she didn't know what had happened. Mr Penman said after encouragement, she told teachers that the day before (January 30, 2020), she had been smacked by PC Dodds for throwing an item. Teachers referred the allegation to safeguarding, and the child was seen by a doctor. The doctor examined the mark and described it as a 'likely hand print' and a "non-accident injury". On the same day, after becoming aware of the allegation, PC Dodds emailed the police Professional Standards Department to explain what had happened from his point of view. The child was interviewed by DC Jackie Foucher, where the allegation was repeated, as the child said she had been having a 'paddy'. In evidence summarised by Mr Penman, the doctor said the mark was "unlikely to come from a grip" and resembled a mark from a "flat hand" that was 'likely a slap'. In the hearing on Tuesday, PC Dodds told the panel: "I've been through a crown court. I'm not the person they're trying to paint me to be. "I would never hit any woman or child in my life," he added. "That's how my dad brought me up. That is within me and is part of my moral fibre.

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. I did not hit [the child]." "It simply did not happen. It's an untruth. I don't know how she got that red mark." In cross-examination, PC Dodds told the panel the child had had 'a meltdown' but strenuously denied hitting her or losing his temper. He said the child never cried or complained of any injury. Mr Penman asked him if he could have caused the mark in any other way. PC Dodds did not offer an alternative explanation for the mark. PC Dodds, who was representing himself, pointed out the child had later made a further allegation about him that had been dropped as unfounded, and said she didn't always tell the truth. In his closing remarks, Mr Penman told the hearing that it was the Appropriate Authority's view that the child was telling the truth on the balance of probability. He said she repeated the allegation four separate times, and said small differences in the account could likely be explained by her age. Mr Penman added that the allegation was likely not malicious because the child had to be encouraged to blame PC Dodds, and did not take some further opportunities to vilify him. Thirdly, he said the mark and the doctor's examination of it were consistent with the child's account. Finally, he said that PC Dodds had been "evasive" and there was no other good explanation for the mark. "He refuses to accept the hand print that is staring him in the face, Mr Penman added. PC Dodds made some initial closing remarks, saying he didn't agree that he had been evasive and that he was "not a liar". The hearing was heard by presiding officer Stephen Gowland, temporary assistant chief constable Sarah Baker and independent person Shazad Malik, who will deliver a decision later in the week. The misconduct hearing continues on Wednesday, November 23, when PC Dodds will make any further closing remarks. Read next: Man whose last wish was to die at home passes away moments after stepping through door Huddersfield woman crashes car into fence and gets trapped after pressing wrong pedal Seedy photos inside Sheffield's abandoned brothel City Sauna show stained beds and rotting condoms Gang causes chaos on Yorkshire bridge after man thrown out of car and attacked Get breaking news by email by signing up to our newsletters Read More Related Articles Huddersfield dentist reveals his 'clicking tongue cure' to stop you snoring at night Read More Related Articles 'I was 22 weeks pregnant when a drunk driver smashed into me and changed my life forever'

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