Serving police officer and former West Midlands police officer, both accused of misconduct over ’employment relationships with women’
- Charges authorized against PC Anthony Ritchie and ex-officer Steven Walters
- Ritchie, 43, is said to have formed an inappropriate relationship with a woman
- Walters, 52, had sexual activity with a woman while on duty
- The two men will appear before the Magistrates’ Court in Birmingham on April 23
A serving West Midlands police officer and a former officer have been charged separately with misconduct in public office.
Rosemary Ainslie, the CPS’s special crime chief, said charges were cleared against PC Anthony Ritchie and ex-officer Steven Walters after a referral from the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Ms Ainslie said, “The alleged misconduct related to PC Ritchie took place between 2014 and 2018 and the one involving Steven Walters took place in 2013.”
She added: “Criminal proceedings are underway and nothing should be published that could jeopardize the defendants’ right to a fair trial.”
The two men will appear before the Magistrates’ Court in Birmingham on April 23.
A serving police officer from West Midlands and a former officer have been separately charged with misconduct in public office (stock image)
In a statement, the IOPC said that 43-year-old Ritchie allegedly formed an improper relationship with a woman he met while on duty, between June 4, 2014 and March 29, 2018.
It is separately alleged that on October 1, 2013, 52-year-old ex-agent Walters engaged in sexual activity with a woman in the course of his duties as a serving officer.
The independent police watchdog said it started an investigation after police referrals in April and May 2018.
Files were filed with the CPS in June 2020 and both men were charged on Wednesday.
The West Midlands Police Force is the second largest police force in the country – covering an area of 348 square miles and a population of nearly 2.8 million
In a statement, West Midlands police said Ritchie had been suspended after the charges because he had been removed from the front line at the time of his arrest in April 2018.
The force added that Walters left the force in 2016.
The West Midlands Police Force is the second largest police force in the country – covering an area of 348 square miles and a population of nearly 2.8 million.
Police said it handles “more than 2,000 emergency calls for help every day.”