Serving Metropolitan Police officer to deny string of child sex offences

Francois Olwage, a detective constable with the Met, appeared in court charged with child sex offences

<p>A serving Met Police officer has appeared in court charged with child sex offences</p>

A serving Met Police officer has appeared in court charged with child sex offences

A serving Metropolitan Police officer will deny a string of child sex offences, a court has heard.

Francois Olwage, a detective constable who is attached to the Met’s specialist operations, was arrested at an address in Basingstoke, Hampshire, on Thursday following an undercover investigation by Hertfordshire Police.

The 51-year-old is charged with four offences including attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause/incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.

He is also accused of arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and meeting a girl under the age of 16 following grooming.

Prosecutors say the alleged offences occurred between October 14 and 28 this year.

Olwage, dressed in dark clothes, appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Friday and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Not guilty pleas have been indicated on all counts.

A further hearing will take place at Winchester Crown Court on December 1.

Olwage, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, was granted unconditional bail and was instructed to attend in person.

The Met said its Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and Olwage has been suspended.

The matter has also been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC.)

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