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Senior Scots terror cop suspended over ‘inappropriate touching’ allegation may escape prosecution

By Sarah Vesty

A senior Police Scotland officer suspended after being accused of touching a woman ‘inappropriately’ may not be prosecuted.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Pat Campbell was referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner after a complaint was made against him in December.

The watchdog later submitted their findings about the incident, which allegedly took place at a cyber conference, to the Crown Office on February 18.

A source told the Daily Record that a decision has now been made not to prosecute at this time - however the alleged victim is allowed to request a review.

Campbell was appointed as temporary Assistant Chief Constable in December 2020 (West Lothian Courier)

A spokesperson for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said: “Those directly involved have been informed of an update in this case and that there is a right to call for a review.

“Until any review has been completed the question of whether or not there will be a prosecution remains open.

“The Crown reserves the right to proceed and will not comment further at this time.”

Victims of crime in Scotland have the right to review a prosecution decision made by the Crown Office within a month of being notified.

The evaluation is then carried out by a different prosecutor who has not had any previous involvement in the case.

Campbell was appointed as temporary Assistant Chief Constable in December 2020 and headed up Police Scotland’s Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism unit.

His suspension was authorised by the Scottish Police Authority on December 1 after the criminal allegation was brought to light.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Police Authority said: “The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) suspended a senior officer from Police Scotland duties.

“The decision was taken after a criminal allegation was brought to the Authority’s attention.

“The suspension is effective from Wednesday 1 December and is being reviewed regularly, or if there is a change in circumstances relevant to the suspension.

“The Authority will not comment further at this time.”

Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said: “I can confirm that a senior officer from Police Scotland has been suspended by the Scottish Police Authority.

“This was in connection with a criminal investigation being carried out by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner and we are unable to comment further."

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