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PC John Wigglesworth has been sacked from the Met Police after pleading guilty to child sex offencesGetty

PC John Wigglesworth has been sacked by the Met Police after pleading guilty in January to sexual activity with a vulnerable child. The disgraced police constable, 46, was dismissed without notice at a special case hearing on Monday (4 April). His inevitable sacking came after admitting to sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15.

Wigglesworth, who is now and jail and did not attend the hearing, had been attached to the Roads and Transport Policing Command and was cleared of three counts of rape and two counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13-15. He was handed a four-year prison sentence and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life. He was also made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He was suspended by the force after he was arrested in August 2015 and had his salary halted . A Met statement said Wigglesworth's conduct "fell significantly below" what they expected, and it amounted to gross misconduct. He was dismissed without notice.

Detective Chief Superintendent Matthew Gardner, OCU commander for the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards, said: "PC Wigglesworth has completely breached the trust the public placed in him as a police officer by taking advantage of a vulnerable child. She was exactly the kind of person he had sworn to protect. The court has rightly sentenced him to a considerable period in prison and he has now been dismissed from the service."