Married father-of-six special constable who sent flirty texts to a mentally ill woman is sacked for gross misconduct

- Amarjit Singh, 57, met the woman through work with mental health charity
- He twice went to see her at home and said he had started to 'fancy' her
- Father-of-six also worked as a part-time special constable with the police
- Sacked after disciplinary panel found him guilty of gross misconduct

10 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10 March 2016 | BY Stephanie Linning FOR MailOnline

A married special constable has been sacked after he sent flirtatious text messages to a vulnerable woman he met through a mental health charity.

Father-of-six Amarjit Singh, 57, told the woman he wanted to kiss her and broke police regulations by twice going to her home while acting as her care support worker.

A police station in the Avon and Somerset Police Force area

Sacked: Part-time special constable Amarjit Singh from Avon and Somerset Police.

When the woman complained, Singh, from Bristol, claimed he had been attempting to build up the woman’s self-esteem.

But a police disciplinary panel said he had abused his position of power by trying to groom the woman for an intimate relationship while she relied on him for support.

They found him guilty of breaching police professional standards by pursuing an improper sexual or emotional relationship with the woman.

They added that his behaviour was likely to bring discredit on the police and undermine public confidence in it, and ordered his immediate dismissal.

The panel heard how the woman was a client of mental health charity Rethink, where Singh had a role as a care support worker alongside his part-time job with Avon and Somerset Police.

He had worked with the police since August 2013, and described the force as his ‘ultimate dream’ and an ‘escape’ from life with his wife of 37 years, who is also mentally-ill.

The panel heard how Singh texted the woman last June from his personal mobile.

He wrote: ‘Perhaps if you invite me to your home I can come for coffee but just remain confidential or I might get the sack x’.

She replied: ‘You’re welcome to come over for coffee. I won’t say anything.’

Giving evidence from behind a screen, the woman said: ‘He offered to come round and cook for me the next day and I didn’t really want him to.

‘I’m not very assertive and he said he wanted to kiss me and asked how I felt about him and if I missed male company. I said I just wanted to be friends.’

The panel heard that Singh went to her home twice, which was also against charity procedure, before the middle-aged woman reported him to her counsellor.

He also gave her his personal email address and phone number and contacted her out of permissible hours.

One text told her he had started to fancy her and wanted to kiss her. He wrote: ‘I hope I’m not out of order.’

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