British Detective Found Guilty Of Gross Misconduct After Selling Sex To Strangers At His Home
A disgraced British police detective has been banned from ever working with the police force again after confessing to selling threesomes with his partner to men for £150 per hour at their home.
Former Detective Constable Nicholas Taylor has been found guilty of gross misconduct after a disciplinary panel said his actions were "akin to a criminal offence".
A West Midlands Police misconduct hearing heard how the ex-detective and his partner advertised threesomes online to men at their home in return for a payment of £150 per hour.
The extracurricular activities of DC Taylor, who worked in CID at Bloxwich, Wallsall, were exposed by The Sun newspaper in November 2020.
John Goss, the barrister for West Midlands Police said on Wednesday at the hearing in Birmingham that Taylor had brought the police force into disrepute and misconducted himself by failing to declare a business interest.
Mr Goss said: "This came to light as a result of an undercover investigation by the press. The facts in terms of what actually was being done are not disputed.
"Although not investigated as a crime because a decision was taken that it would not be proportionate, it is conduct which engages the criminal law. Where there is more than one person selling sexual services from a premises it's a matter of fact that those premises are likely to be a brothel.
"In and of itself, it (the conduct) brings discredit on the police service."
Nicholas Taylor, who is thought to be in his early 40s, did not attend his disciplinary hearing but submitted a document describing the allegations as "part of his private life". He also claimed that what he had done was not a business interest.
Taylor argued that his actions were "an expression of his sexual identity" and accused the force of taking over-cautious actions and being "prudish".
Mr Goss said at the hearing: "He accepted that he and his partner had met other consenting adults and they had received payment for this. We say that the exchange of money for services is quite obviously a business interest.
"It is almost the classic definition of a business interest. Even if it is right that DC Taylor simply never thought about it that way, he ought to have.
"If he had turned his mind to it for a moment, as he should have done, it would have been blindingly obvious that it was going to be an issue. In this case, the behaviour involved advertising to the general public with pictures of himself that were traceable to who he was.
"It involved inviting people to his home address who he did not know. We say it goes without saying that accepting payment from members of the public in exchange for sexual services is conduct which is capable of bringing the police into disrepute."
The hearing heard how Taylor, who had served in the police force for 19 years, was "already in the last chance saloon" and had previously received a final written warning for neglect of duties. This particular incident related to a case in which statements were shredded rather than uploaded to a police computer system.
Harry Ireland, the misconduct panel chairman, was told how Taylor had already handed in his resignation which was effective a day prior to the hearing.
Taylor was found guilty of gross misconduct. Mr Ireland said: "This was a business and therefore fell into the West Midlands Police business interest policy.
"DC Taylor should have sought permission from the force to undertake his activities. The misconduct was a deliberate act and not a simple oversight." Mr Ireland added that it was "akin to a criminal offence" and "acting as a prostitute".
Mr Ireland continued: "This is not, as DC Taylor Claims, a moral judgment on his sexual preferences. We find the conduct was a breach of the standards of professional behaviour.
"As far as we could see there was a criminal offence involved, albeit that the appropriate authority chose not to pursue such."
Mr Ireland also added that Taylor's conduct would have led to immediate dismissal from the police force had he not already resigned.
After the hearing, West Midlands Police said DC Taylor will now be added to a barred list, preventing him from ever working with the police again.