North London Met Police Safer Schools officer jailed over ‘vile’ child sex offences
PC Hussain Chehab, attached to the North Area Command Unit, was sentenced at Wood Green Court to five years’ in prison yesterday (Friday, March 24).
This came after he pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15.
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These took place between March and September 2019, before Chehab joined the Metropolitan Police the following year.
He also admitted making indecent photographs of a child and one count of engaging in sexual communication with a child.
The Met said some of the offences were committed while Chehab was a Safer Schools officer attached to an Enfield secondary school between May and August 2021.
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Chehab’s offending came to light in July 2021 when the family of a 16-year-old girl called police.
The family raised concerns about the fact she had recently been in a relationship with Chehab, which they believe began when she was 15 years old.
He was arrested and a number of his digital devices were seized on August 24, 2021.
He was placed on restricted duties, which ordered him to work within the confines of a police building in a non public-facing role.
A number of indecent images were found on his devices and he was further arrested on October 28, when he was also suspended from duty.
Analysis of further devices also showed messages between Chehab and a 14-year-old girl engaging in sexual communication.
She later provided evidence to police that they had entered into a sexual relationship in 2019 when she was just 14.
Chehab was charged with the above offences on September 13.
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He has been made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and a 10-year restraining order.
He will also be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing, barring from employment by police, local policing bodies, the Independent Office for Police Conduct or His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.
Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Haines, lead for policing in Enfield where Chehab served, said: “Following his criminal conviction it is right that PC Chehab is formally dismissed from the Met.
“PC Chehab committed the vilest of offences and abused his position of trust in the most despicable of ways.
“It continues to be incredibly confronting to see officers convicted and dismissed for such behaviour, however we are committed to rooting out officers who do not belong in our ranks and it is abundantly clear that PC Chehab has no place in the Met.
“Some of the offences relating to the making of indecent photographs were committed while PC Chehab was in a role as a Safer Schools officer attached to a secondary school in Enfield between May 2021 and his arrest in August 2021.
“As soon as the initial allegations were made against him, PC Chehab was immediately removed from his role while the investigation took place.
“We have worked closely with the school concerned, and Enfield local authority, to ensure that there were no further unreported safeguarding incidents or missed opportunities.
“A review of the information provided to the Met prior to him joining as a police officer was carried out and nothing was found that could have indicated his offending.
“Likewise, prior to starting his role as a Safer Schools Officer he was also subject to further Child and Vulnerable Group Supervision vetting, in line with the current vetting standards for all those who work with children and young people.
“While no evidence has been found linking any of Chehab’s offending to his role, we are continuing to work with our local schools, community forums and independent advisory groups to reassure them following the damage his actions will have caused.”