Met Police officer tried to meet girl, 13, for sex with two condoms on him

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DC Francois Olwage was sacked from his job after he groomed what he thought was a 13-year-old girl over two weeks, initiated sexual chat and arranged to meet the teenager

Francois Olwage was convicted of grooming what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl

A Met Police detective who tried to meet up for sex with a 13-year-old girl has been kicked out of the force.

Det Con Francois Olwage, 52, was convicted of attempting to groom and engage in sexual activity with a child and attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following grooming.

Olwage was jailed for five and a half years last month.

While on duty, Olwage intended to meet the teenager at a flat in Basingstoke, having spent the previous two weeks grooming her via private online messages.

When he was arrested that same day, he was found carrying condoms, lubricant and a Viagra-like drug.

Unknown to Olwage, the person he was messaging was actually an undercover police officer posing as a young teenage girl online.

Condoms, a bottle of lubricant and a packet of erectile disfunction tablets were discovered in Francois Olwage bag after he was arrested.



In a statement to police, he claimed he did not believe the person he was messaging was a 13-year-old girl, but that she was a woman playing out a fantasy online, which he indulged.

He also denied that the arranged meeting would involve any sexual activity.

The detective has now been dismissed without notice following a Met Police misconduct hearing in Fulham.

Detective Chief Superintendent Donna Smith, from the DPS, said: “DC Olwage’s conduct was proven to have brought the police service into disrepute and has damaged the trust and confidence the public should rightly be able to have in their police service.

Met Police officer Francois Olwage was sacked from his job


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“It is simply an unforgivable breach of trust and we are grateful to colleagues in Hertfordshire Constabulary for their diligent investigation. Because of this work, and the efforts of our professional standards investigators, this individual has been brought to justice and dismissed from the Met.

“Within the Met, there are far too many examples of people letting us down and we are undermined by those who do not uphold the values and standards rightly expected of us.

“We are clear that we do not want them in the Met and are determined to root them out.”

DC Olwage will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) or her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

Following his jailing at Winchester Crown Court in April, Senior Crown Prosecutor Marc Thompson from the CPS said: “Francois Olwage had every intention of grooming and meeting a 13-year-old girl. He denied any sexual interest in children, yet the evidence we presented was strong enough for the jury to be sure he was guilty.

“Olwage’s messages made it clear he believed he was in contact with a child.

“Despite this belief, he exchanged messages about sexual acts, and was grooming her. On the day he planned to meet with his victim, he abandoned his police duties to pursue sexual gratification from someone he believed to be a child.

“No actual children were in danger, but it has given us a glimpse into what this man is capable of doing when he thinks he can rely on the anonymity of the internet. This is made all the more serious because he has broken the trust of the public he has sworn to protect.”

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