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Met police officer charged with child sex offenses

A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with a number of child sex offences following an investigation by Hertfordshire Police.

Detective Constable Francois Olwage, 51, who is attached to Specialist Operations, was arrested at an address in Basingstoke on Thursday, 28 October.

Olwage has been charged with the following offences:

  • Attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child
  • Attempting to cause/incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity
  • Arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence
  • Meeting a girl under 16 years of age following grooming

DC Olwage has been suspended and the matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Detective Chief Superintendent Donna Smith, Directorate of Professional Standards, said: “The arrest of DC Olwage follows a comprehensive investigation by detectives from Hertfordshire Police and we will continue to offer them every support as their enquiries continue.

“He was suspended following his arrest for this serious and concerning offence. He has been charged and will now face criminal proceedings.

“It is important that nothing is said or published that could pose a risk to those proceedings.”