Cop who let co-worker take explicit photos of his on-and-off lover is fired

ByDavid M. Conte

Mar 2, 2022

Cop who let co-worker take explicit photos of lover in back of cop car while on duty is fired from police after being found guilty of gross misconduct

  • PC Mark Crompton and PC Ben Pitelen picked up the woman while on duty
  • They took explicit photos of her while she was drunk
  • PC Crompton has been sacked following a misconduct hearing










A police officer has been fired after letting a colleague take sexual photos of his on-and-off lover in the back of a police cruiser while on duty.

PC Mark Crompton and PC Ben Pitelen picked up the woman from their vehicle while on duty together in December 2012 and took explicit photos of her while she was intoxicated.

They were also on duty for Hertfordshire Police when they attended the home of the woman, known as Ms A, in January 2013.

Inside the property, Crompton snapped a photo of Pitelen in his uniform as he stood next to the half-naked woman, a misconduct hearing at Welwyn Garden City has been notified.

PC Crompton, who had a casual sexual relationship with the woman, has now been sacked.

In the ruling, Police Chief Charlie Hall said “what happened cannot be defended, it is disgraceful behavior for an officer on duty”.

While inside the property, Crompton snapped a photo of Pitelen in his uniform as he stood next to the half-naked woman, a misconduct hearing in Welwyn Garden City was announced (photo: Hertfordshire Constabulary HQ, in Welwyn Garden City)

Chief Constable Hall said: ‘PC Crompton is guilty of his actions in this case. He chose to participate in the organization of the contact and the taking of the photographs.

“While another officer was present on both occasions, he did not actively intervene to prevent these images from being taken.”

He continued: ‘Indeed her actions were more calculated than that, as the photographs were taken deliberately and intentionally and the contact with the woman is a result of PC Crompton’s relationship with her at the time.

PC Ben Pitelen (pictured), 45, and PC Mark Crompton, were on duty for Hertfordshire Police when they attended the home of the woman, known as Ms A, in January 2013

PC Ben Pitelen (pictured), 45, and PC Mark Crompton, were on duty for Hertfordshire Police when they attended the home of the woman, known as Ms A, in January 2013

“It was through this relationship that arrangements were made to take the two sets of explicit photographs.”

He described the images as ‘very explicit’, adding that despite the woman’s consent, they would still cause ‘significant harm’ to public confidence in the police.

The Chief Constable noted that PC Crompton had been transparent in the hearing and was a ‘highly valued police officer’.

The incidents happened over a five-day span of a 15-year career and he showed “genuine remorse” and apologized for what happened, he added.

In a statement, Ms A said she was unable to recall photographs that were taken of her in the car.

She also said she met Crompton socially and continued to have a consensual sexual relationship with him.

During the misconduct hearing, Crompton was found guilty of gross conduct.

The incident came to light after Pitelen was investigated for making indecent images of children.

Pitelen was fired in September 2021 and was sentenced on February 4 this year to 25 months in prison after officers found more than 500 indecent images of children on his digital devices.

The officer pleaded guilty to bribery and making indecent images of children.

In a police report, Chief Constable Charlie Hall said “this is a most serious case” and has “significant potential to undermine confidence in the police”.

A police report concluded: ‘PC Pitelen’s actions fell far short of those expected of a professional police officer.

“His actions undermine trust in the police and his reputation, he falls far below acceptable standards and has failed to protect the public.

“Given the purpose of these misconduct proceedings, there is no other reasonable or acceptable outcome that I can reach in this matter other than to sanction PC Pitelen with summary dismissal.

“Nothing else would be an acceptable outcome in such a serious case for the public or the police department itself.”