A former West Yorkshire Police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of non-recent sexual offences against two child victims. David Crossley, aged 60, who served as a Police Constable (PC) in the Leeds district, was convicted today (Wednesday, 5 July) following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
Crossley faced charges of indecent assault, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual touching, and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. The offences occurred between 1995 and 2014, during which Crossley was employed by West Yorkshire Police. It is important to note that no offence was committed while Crossley was on duty.
Upon sentencing, Detective Chief Superintendent Nicola Bryar, from West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate, expressed her shock and disgust at the abhorrent offences committed against the child victims. She acknowledged the public’s likely horrified reaction to discovering that a police officer was responsible for such crimes and reassured them that she shared their sentiment.
As soon as the offences were reported in 2020, an immediate investigation was launched, resulting in Crossley’s suspension from duty. He later chose to retire from the force. Detective Chief Superintendent Bryar praised the bravery of the victims for coming forward and reporting the heinous crimes they had endured during their childhoods. She acknowledged the added difficulty they faced in reporting offences committed by a police officer but emphasized that the swift action taken in this case demonstrates the commitment of the police force to investigate crimes involving its own officers and promptly remove them from duty.
Detective Chief Superintendent Bryar urged anyone who has been a victim of a crime involving a police officer, staff member, or volunteer to come forward and report it. By doing so, the police can ensure the protection of the victims and the public, provide access to support services, and guarantee that those unfit for policing roles are no longer allowed to remain in positions of authority.
Members of the public with concerns about the conduct of a police employee are encouraged to report them to West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate through their online platform or by calling 101. Alternatively, information can be shared with the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
The case of David Crossley serves as a stark reminder that no one is above the law, and the justice system will hold offenders accountable, regardless of their occupation or position of trust.