Sheffield news West Yorkshire Police officer accused of slapping girl, 6, will keep his job PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - A police misconduct panel found that the allegation was not proven
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A West Yorkshire Police officer who was accused of slapping a six-year-old girl will keep his job after a misconduct hearing. It was found on Wednesday, November 23, that the allegation against PC Steven Dodds was not proven. He had previously been acquitted in a criminal trial. PC Dodds attended at 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. After hearing evidence, the panel made a decision on Wednesday that the allegation was not proven and PC Dodds actions weren't gross misconduct. Read more: £16M overhaul for roads around Huddersfield train station The Appropriate Authority, represented by Mr Daniel Penman, made the case at the hearing that the child was telling the truth to the panel. The panel consisted of presiding officer Stephen Gowland, temporary assistant chief constable Sarah Baker and independent person Shazad Malik. Mr Penman told the hearing on Tuesday that a teacher found a hand print mark on a six-year-old girl (who cannot be identified) after she complained her side hurt. After encouragement, the child told the teacher PC Dodds, of West Yorkshire Police, had smacked her for throwing an item on January 30, 2020. On examination by a doctor the mark was described as 'likely' to have come from a slap and resembling a flat hand. In the hearing on Tuesday, PC Dodds, who represented himself, 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.
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. That is within me and is part of my moral fibre." He said the allegation had had a large impact on his mental and physical health and added: "I'm innocent. 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 said in his closing remarks on Tuesday that the child repeating the allegation at four separate times (to teachers, police and in cross-examination), the consistency of the account with the mark, and the lack of any other explanation made the Appropriate Authority feel the child was telling the truth. The panel delivered a verdict this afternoon that the allegation against PC Dodds was not proven. A report elaborating on the verdict will be released at a later time. Read next: 'It's going to be the killer of all killers', warns Huddersfield pub owner as energy prices rocket Tragedy as man's body found in car park next to Wakefield corner shop 'Disgrace' as families forced to dig up relatives' graves due to flooding at cemetery Woman bakes 23-inch Yorkshire puddings so big they could be 'used as boat' Get breaking news by email by signing up to our newsletters
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