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A police officer filmed a sex act on herself in a station toilet, a misconduct tribunal has heard. Clare Ogden sent her partner a video of herself performing a solo sex act on police premises while in uniform.

Ms Ogden, 40, accepts allegations she recorded sensitive information on her personal mobile phone and sent it to a third party. However, she denies it equates to gross misconduct.

In a search of the former officer’s personal mobile phone, 72 photographs and five videos of policing information were found which the force says breaches confidentiality.

The images ranged from pictures of evidence bags to images of police screens which she sent to a third party because she found them funny.

One picture was sent by Ms Ogden to an unknown officer included the personal details of a registered sex offender along with two photos.

Mark Ley-Morgan, representing Cleveland Police, said: “It goes without saying if personal details… were to fall into the wrong hands the potential for harm is clearly there.”

He told tribunal panel members the data breach created a serious risk of vigilantism.

Of 10 images she was interviewed about, Ms Ogden told officers she sent five because they were “funny”.

Mr Ley-Morgan said: “She shouldn’t be distributing it, whether a police officer or not, to anybody else.

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“She seeks to downplay the seriousness of this matter. She says it has never gone outside of the police family. That completely misses the point.”

Of the 72 photographs, 34 were categorised as “red” because they included contact, date of birth and other details, which might identify individuals who could then be harmed by vigilantes.

Ms Ogden accepts the content of the allegation, but argued this amounts to misconduct rather than gross misconduct.

The second allegation, that she engaged in sexualised behaviour while on police premises, she admitted amount to gross misconduct although she denies two of the three videos are of a sexual nature.

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She accepted one video shows her performing a sex act on herself, insisting it was taken on her dinner break, Teesside Live reports.

Ms Ogden told the panel: “I don’t think I have experienced embarrassment and shame like it.

“I just wish I hadn’t done it. It was a five-to-seven-second moment of my life that I will regret for the rest of it.”

Panel members heard the officer joined the force in 2004, going on to receive a number of commendations during her near 17-year long career.

Giving evidence at the hearing held at the Riverside Stadium, Ms Ogden said on joining the force: “I was really proud, it seemed like the natural career following in the footsteps of my parents as it were.

“I loved it for the most part… I loved being part of a team. I loved making a difference to people’s lives. I was really proud – a hand on heart moment to put on my uniform every day.”

She added: “I felt somewhat pressured to resign from the force. It’s not something I wanted to do and not a decision I took lightly.

“I have forged a new career, one I’m equally proud of. I miss my job as a police officer and I’m sad I had to leave it.”

“I’m devastated. If I could turn back time and change my actions, I would. I don’t think I can put into words how sorry I am. I’ve lay awake at night for 20 months thinking I should have done this, I should have done that.”

In her final submissions, Ms Ogden’s barrister Aisling Byrnes said of the video there was no suggestion her client had left her post, desk, phone or any public facing duties to record it, according to The Sun.

Ms Ogden is alleged to have breached standards of professional behaviour concerning honesty and integrity, confidentiality and discreditable conduct.

The appropriate authority says she breaches the standards of integrity by failing to identify the police officer she sent the images to. The tribunal is due to resume on Thursday.

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