A MISCONDUCT hearing has concluded that an ex-student police officer who admitted child sexual exploitation offences would have been sacked had he not already resigned.

Keel Walker, of Redhall Road, Lower Gornal, pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children at Dudley Magistrates Court on January 27 and an accelerated misconduct hearing chaired by Chief Constable Sir David Thompson took place today (March 11).

Walker joined the force in March last year, however, a warrant was executed at his home address by officers from our Online Child Sexual Exploitation Team (OCSET) the following month and several devices were seized.

The 21-year-old was immediately suspended from duty while an investigation was carried out. He was subsequently charged after he was found to have uploaded indecent images of children.

He has been placed on the Sex Offender Register and will be sentenced on Monday (March 14).

The officer resigned from his post in September and has been placed on the Barred List meaning he will not be allowed to work with children.

Reaching a swift decision the Chief Constable commented that it is “unacceptable for police officers to break the law” and Walker was “unsuitable for policing”.