Serving Met Police officer avoids jail after stalking ex-girlfriend using CCTV cameras and telling her she should take up sex work to pay her bills
- PC Jonathan Simon, 44 was given a 16-week sentence suspended for two years
A Met Police officer who used CCTV cameras to stalk his former partner after she ended their relationship because he just wanted sex was spared jail yesterday.
PC Jonathan Simon, 44, sent the woman unsolicited messages using withheld numbers and suggested she should become a sex worker, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.
Instead of being imprisoned, the disgraced policeman was given a a 16-week sentence suspended for two years.
Prosecutor Harry MacDonald said they met when Simon was called to the victim’s address after a neighbour dispute on 17 May 2021.
He told the court: ‘The officer was in a position of trust as a responder and investigator. This defendant then manufactured reasons to returned to the victim’s address later on in the day.
‘He did so twice and was alone. His final attendance was late in the evening, and he was let in by the victim.
PC Jonathon Simon was given a 16-week sentence suspended for two years
‘They initially discussed her complaint, before discussing her feelings more generally, where she confided in the defendant about her distresses and difficulties.
‘He then offered her a massage [to relax her] and they then became intimate that evening.’
A relationship started but the woman ended it because she thought Simon only wanted her for sex.
Giving evidence from behind a screen, the woman told the court: ‘I didn’t know what type of person he was. I think him being a police officer meant I let my guard down a bit.
‘He was very friendly at the start and then I started to get to know what sort of man he is.
‘I realised over time [the relationship] was only for sex for him and I started getting concerned for my children.’
During the autumn of 2021 she faced financial difficulty when her car needed repairing and she turned to Simon for advice.
The woman said Simon encouraged her to take up sex work in order to help her financial situation.
She told the court ‘He told me to offer myself to prostitution.
‘He told me how to do, it where to go, how long it would take me then to buy a brand-new car… so these are all factors that contributed to me to worrying about the type of person he was.’
‘What action, if any, did you take to end the sexual relationship?’ asked Mr Macdonald.
‘I went along with it, and [I realised] what type of person he is. I tried to get away, but he was very persistent.
‘I felt like he wanted to take advantage of my emotional state…but I couldn’t [carry on] I was sick.
‘I was physically sick…and I made my mind up I was like ‘no I’ve had enough’… so that’s when I decided to block him on everything.’
‘You made reference to him watching you on close circuit television, can you just tell the court about that?’ asked the prosecutor.
She replied: ‘I remember it was after school, I picked up my kids at my usual stop and I parked there.
‘He texted me saying he could see me. I thought he had driven by because I couldn’t see anyone there.
‘He carried on saying he could see me from the CCTV camera that’s up the road.
‘He was texting me saying “why are you taking so long what are you doing,” the victim said.
‘He was very persistent and controlling, he kept trying to [contact me with] private numbers so I would answer the calls.’
PC Jonathan Simon avoided jail (Pictured outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court on October 6 last year)
Simon then turned up at the victim’s address uninvited one evening and texted the victim telling her he was outside.
She sent a message back saying she was not well.
‘I was scared to open the door in-case he would push through and I couldn’t get away from him,’ she said.
‘I just wanted to be nice. He tried to get to me again and the way he was talking, he asked me to ‘keep him warm’ which I believed meant he wanted to be intimate again.’
Simon attended the victim’s address with a colleague in January last year.
‘The colleague rang the doorbell so the victim would open the door, then Simon said he needed to speak to the victim,’ Mr MacDonald said.
‘She recalls a part of the exchange where he started to cup her face in a way that made her feel uncomfortable.
‘Between May and June 2022, the victim recalls the defendant attending her address unsolicited, and manufacturing a reason to speak with her.
‘It is on one occasion the prosecution say he entered her personal space to hug her, she didn’t want to hug him, but it was an awkward situation and she felt trapped and went along with it.
‘The prosecution say the defendant then grabbed her bottom and said, ‘I’ve missed this.’
Simon was arrested on 4 July when he arrived at work at the start of his shift and said: ‘What the f***’.
District Judge Daniel Sternberg had found the officer guilty of stalking without fear of violence after a trial last month.
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Mr MacDonald told the court today the case ‘involves recurring visits over a series of months both persistent and long.
‘This clearly did represent abuse of this defendant’s position as a police officer. That is a serious, if not case-defining, aggravating feature.
‘There would be no reason why the defendant whatsoever would seek to associate with the victim in this case.’
Patrick Hill, defending, said: ‘Nothing said is to diminish the seriousness of this offending.
‘It is acceptable on his behalf that the custody threshold has been passed, the question is whether it is one that could be suspended appropriately.
‘We accept an abuse of trust.
‘[There is] inevitable career loss and damage to reputation.
‘The overall interest of justice can be best served by a suspended sentence but can in no way be seen as a soft sentence.’
Simon’s sister and mother were both seated in the public gallery as Judge Sternberg told him: ‘There is no risk to the public, no history of non-compliance, there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation in this case.
‘I am minded not to impose immediate custody.
‘I convicted you after a trial lasting two days to one offence of conduct amount to stalking.
‘You contacted the complainant on a police phone number.
‘If you had a genuine reason to contact her you would not have used another police officer to contact her.
‘You have some insight into your behaviour you now accept that your actions were misguided.
‘Your behaviour has brought the Metropolitan Police into disrepute at a time when there are a number offending within the force and there has been a finding of institutional sexism, racism and homophobia.
‘You will be dismissed from the service. You have a 10-year service including one commendation.
‘It is very obvious that you have been the very opposite of a good role model during your service.
‘You repeatedly sought to contact the complainant.
‘I must find that this is a case of a high level of harm.
‘A significant aggravating factor is that you were a serving police officer at the time of your offending. This serious abuse of trust is highly relevant to sentencing.
‘I can suspend your sentence because of your lack of previous convictions.
‘In particular the impact of the close family members of you going into immediate custody.’
Simon denied but was convicted of stalking, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (file image)
Wearing a blue shirt and a black anorak, Simon showed no emotion as he was sentenced to a 16-week sentence suspended for two years.
He must also complete 25 days of rehabilitation activity and 200 hours of unpaid work.
Simon, of Colchester, Essex, will remain subject to GPS trail monitoring for six months and a restraining order prohibits him from contacting the complainant by any means.
He had denied but was convicted of stalking without fear of violence
Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell, responsible for policing in East Area Command Unit, said:
‘PC Simon’s behaviour was unwarranted, unwanted and caused significant concern to the victim. Our officers cannot behave like this and we will be proactive in identifying and taking positive action against those who do.
‘Despite being repeatedly asked to stop he subjected the victim to a campaign of harassment which caused her considerable distress. He abused his position as a police officer and has now rightly been convicted as a result.’
Simon remains suspended from duty and misconduct proceedings will now take place as soon as possible.
He joined the police as a special constable in 2010 before becoming a salaried officer in 2013.
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