A Met police officer who sent an explicit picture to a former colleague was allowed to keep his job, despite reports that it was reported to police.
Jill Knight, 64, received a picture of a penis from a probation officer five months after she left the police force.
The man in his twenties had previously asked her out on a date and commented on exposing his genitals, as reported by The times.
Ms. Knight filed a complaint with the Met about the picture, but was told it was not a crime.
The 64-year-old, who worked for the Met for more than three decades, then wrote to the Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.
The police officer claims the message was mistakenly sent to Ms. Knight and was intended for his partner.
The officer has been placed under criminal investigation and has restricted duties.
In a statement, the Met said: “The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is investigating after a former police officer filed a formal complaint.
“This complaint relates to a picture sent to the complainant by an acting police officer on probation from the Central East Command Unit.
“The matter was reported to the police on Thursday, May 20, 2021. She is being investigated by officials from the Met’s Department of Professional Standards (DPS).
“The officer in question was assigned to limited services in June 2021 and opened a conditional account in September 2021.
“A report has been presented to a senior official who will make a decision on whether a case is responsible for gross misconduct and whether the matter needs to be referred to the CPS for a decision on criminal charges.
“The Met Police take allegations of this nature very seriously and this matter is subject to a full DPS investigation.”