Prison for ex-cop labelled ‘dangerous sexual predator’

The new Local Area Commander ion Hucknall Russ Dew
The new Local Area Commander ion Hucknall Russ Dew

A SHAMED former Hucknall police chief, who admitted sex offences against a 13-year-old girl, has been labelled a “dangerous predator” and jailed for six years.

Russell Dew (44) pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with the girl. Nottingham Crown Court heard he had “groomed” his victim.

Andrew Peet (prosecuting) said Dew had taken advantage of the vulnerable schoolgirl between February and August last year, inviting her to his home near Newark.

As part of the evidence, Mrs Justice Macur was shown footage of Dew lying on the floor in handcuffs while his victim filmed him. It was said that he changed into a skirt and women’s tights before committing the offences.

Dew, who resigned from the Nottinghamshire force in August, communicated with the girl via text, e-mail and Facebook. He became increasingly obsessed with her, the court was told.

Before sentencing Dew, Justice Macur said he had “set about a course of contact which was undoubtedly sexual grooming”.

“There is a high risk of you committing further serious offences,” she added. “I believe you are a dangerous offender and I regard it my duty to protect the public.”

Along with his prison sentence, Dew was placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Dew, who is married, is originally from Melbourne, Australia. After moving to Nottinghamshire, he worked as a local area commander based at Hucknall from 2008 for almost two years.

Det Chief Insp Di Heydon, who investigated the case, said: “Dew is a sexual predator who groomed his young victim over a number of months.”