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Sentencing adjourned for policeman who had sex with Redbridge schoolgirl

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:34 23 February 2016

A man has been found not guilty on three counts of sexual assault. Image: PA

A man has been found not guilty on three counts of sexual assault. Image: PA

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The sentencing of policeman who admitted having sex with a 14-year-old Redbridge schoolgirl has moved to Thursday.

Pc John Wigglesworth, 46, of The Ridgeway, Harold Wood, is facing the end of his career after pleading guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and was due for sentencing at Snaresbrook Crown Court today.

Judge David Radford adjourned the proceedings after the prosecution counsel was unable to attend court due to illness.

At Wigglesworth’s trial last month, he was cleared of three counts of rape, and two further counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Wigglesworth, a police officer for 18 years, admitted having consensual sex with the schoolgirl on one occasion at his home in Lynnett Road, Dagenham, in 2007.

The policeman, who worked in Tower Hamlets, was arrested at his home in August last year.

The Metropolitan Police are currently conducting their own misconduct investigation.


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