Former Merseyside Police officer Simon Ferns jailed for sex offence
A former Merseyside police constable convicted of the sexual grooming of a 15-year-old girl has been jailed for 15 months.
Simon Ferns, 43, was found guilty following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
He has also been dismissed from the force following a misconduct hearing.
Ch Supt John Young, from Merseyside Police, said Ferns' behaviour was "completely unacceptable" adding that "no officer is above the law".
Ferns has also been ordered to sign a Sexual Offender Prevention Order for eight years and cannot have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16 without parental supervision.
He was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years and will have a lifetime ban from working with children.
The charge followed an investigation by the Professional Standards Department managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).