Ex Mansfield top cop admits child sex shame

Inspector Russell Dew
Inspector Russell Dew

A FORMER senior Mansfield police officer has admitted carrying out sexual offences against a 13-year-old girl.

Russell Dew (44), who was based at the town’s police station, admitted five counts of sexual activity with a child when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.

In one incident the disgraced former officer was filmed lying on the floor in handcuffs, while he also admitted touching the girl’s leg.

It is understood the incidents did not happen while he was on duty and took place in the Newark area.

Mrs Justice Macur said she had to consider how dangerous the ex-officer might be when he is sentenced on 19th December.

She told the former inspector, who wore a blue sweater and hung his head during the brief hearing, that he faced prison.

“Mr Dew, I am sure you are aware that there is only one outcome possible in this case,” she told him. “I don’t in any way patronise you that you would think otherwise.”

The offences happened between 11th February and 31st August last year when Dew was based in Mansfield.

He is a well-known figure in the force having worked on a number of different investigations and operations.

Dew is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and after moving to Nottinghamshire, he worked as a local area commander for Ashfield South.

He was also chairman of the Mansfield and Ashfield Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC), which brought together various organisations to tackle domestic violence.

In December last year, Chad reported on a police raid Dew oversaw to arrest five men suspected of football hooliganism in South Wales following a Mansfield Town match at Newport County.

He was suspended by Nottinghamshire Police when the offences came to light and resigned from the force on 18th August.

Said Det Chief Insp Di Heydon: “The nature of these offences goes against everything the role of a police officer stands for. Safeguarding children is a priority for the force and yet Dew took opportunities outside work to target his victim and take advantage of her.

“We have been supporting the victim and her family through this difficult situation and I am pleased that today’s plea spares the need for a prolonged trial.”