British Transport Police officer who stroked a male colleague’s thigh, repeatedly talked about his sex life and gave a female officer a ‘penis pen wrapped in sex toy box’ is dismissed from the force

  • PC Ian Pinnell talked ‘incessantly’ about sex misconduct hearing told this week
  • He harassed officers from March 2020 to September 2021 and resigned this May
  • He told two female officers ‘eyes not there, here’  while pointing at his penis
  • Gross misconduct finding meant he would have sacked him had he not resigned
  • Det Ch Insp Tracy Goddard-King accused him of ‘disgusting sexualised’ actions

A British Transport Police officer who touched a colleague inappropriately, repeatedly talked about his sex life and gave his co-worker a pen with a plastic penis on it as a gift would have been sacked without notice had he not already resigned.

It was alleged in a police hearing that PC Ian Pinnell, based in London, exhibited inappropriate behaviour towards his female colleagues on numerous occasions between March 2020 and September last year.

PC Pinnell remained in post until he resigned from the force in May this year after accusations led to a misconduct hearing in Camden, which concluded on Tuesday.

The officer ‘incessantly’ introduced innuendos or sexual topics into conversation and would ‘repeatedly’ talk about his sex life and ask colleagues about theirs, the misconduct report said.

The panel found he said ‘I don’t want a cup of tea, but if you give me [oral sex]’ to a female tutee police officer who joined in August last year, but he denied he said this.

When working with two female officers, he said ‘eyes not there, here’ while signalling initially to his trousers and then to their eyes.

British Transport Police officer PC Ian Pinnell ‘incessantly’ introduced innuendos or sexual topics into conversation and would ‘repeatedly’ talk about his sex life and ask colleagues about theirs, the misconduct report said (stock image)

In March 2020, it was reported that Pinnell patted and stroked the upper part of the back a male officer’s thigh.  

The male officer said this was unsolicited and inappropriate and resulted in him feeling uncomfortable.

It was also alleged that, on May 25 last year, the former BTP officer bought a female colleague a pen with a moulding of a penis on top.

He then packed it in a box which had previously contained a sex toy and gave it to the officer who unknowingly unwrapped it in front of her husband, causing issues for the couple. 

While not a senior officer, PC Pinnell was by far the most senior officer in terms of service and worked with very inexperienced officers who looked to him for guidance and assistance, the panel heard.

He also harassed some colleagues whom he knew were vulnerable, which the panel said further aggravated his misconduct.

The panel concluded in his absence that the allegations were proven and amounted to gross misconduct.

A statement from BTP claimed that ‘had PC Pinnell still been a serving officer, he would have been dismissed without notice.’

Detective chief inspector Tracy Goddard-King of BTP’s Professional Standards Department, said: ‘Tackling inappropriate sexual behaviour is BTP’s number one priority.

‘In the same way passengers should be able to travel without fear of sexual harassment, our colleagues should be able to come to work without being subject to a torrent of disgusting sexualised behaviour. We are absolutely determined to stamp it out within our own workforce.

‘Ian Pinnell chose to resign and not attend this hearing, but if we are to restore public confidence in policing it is absolutely vital we still hold these proceedings and report on the details openly and transparently. I wholeheartedly agree with the decision of the panel to dismiss him in his absence.’

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