Officer videoed a dead person and arrest of a child rape suspect
Police officer videoed a dead person and the arrest of a child rape suspect and showed the footage to family and friends
- Lewis Wood, 42, shared footage he filmed with family and friends on WhatsApp
- On seven other occasions, he used his phone to video data on police computers
A former police officer videoed a dead person and the arrest of a child rape suspect before showing the footage to his family and friends.
Lewis Wood, 42, filmed the footage of the deceased person while he was working as an officer in Avon and Somerset’s police force. On a separate occasion, he filmed the arrest of a man who is alleged to have raped a child.
On seven other occasions, he used his personal mobile phone to video data from a police force computer.
He shared the sensitive material with friends and family between December 2018 and August 2020 via WhatsApp. At the time of the offences, he was working as a police officer, but he left his job in 2021.
Exeter Crown Court heard that Wood has mental health issues and that a psychiatric report is being prepared.
Lewis Wood, 42, filmed the footage of the deceased person while he was working as an officer in Avon and Somerset’s police force
Exeter Crown Court (pictured) heard that Wood has mental health issues and that a psychiatric report is being prepared
Wood, of Bridgwater, Somerset, pleaded guilty to three counts of misconduct in public office.
Judge David Evans bailed Wood until February when he will be sentenced, but warned that he faces a custodial sentence.
Assistant Chief Constable Joanne Hall, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: ‘The charges relate to the distribution of images and videos on WhatsApp to family and friends by a now former officer while he served for Avon and Somerset Police.
‘They encompass several incidents or investigations and one of the charges relates to the sharing of images of a deceased male.’
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