A police officer has been sacked for touching a colleague’s penis and shouting “it’s a small one", before claiming he did it as "banter".
PC Adam Reed was dismissed from Wiltshire Police without notice after a five-day misconduct hearing that ended on Friday.
He admitted he pulled down the probationary officer’s trouser zip, inserted his hand to make contact with his penis and shouted “it’s a small one” in front of colleagues at a police station.
Reed argued that it was “banter” and amounted to misconduct rather than gross misconduct, which would see him sacked.
But a misconduct panel ruled that Reed’s behaviour was gross misconduct.
He was dismissed without notice and barred from working as a police officer elsewhere in the UK.
The victim - named officer X in the hearing - said he was left “violated” by Reed, who he had only spoken to occasionally and never worked with directly.
Officer X started as a full-time police officer in October 2021 and the incident occurred approximately one month later on 15 November.
Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills, of Wiltshire Police, said: “The actions of former Police Constable Adam Reed were not only wholly inappropriate, they violated the dignity of his colleague and, would have caused him significant distress.
“His actions amounted to unwanted sexual conduct and the LQC’s decision to dismiss Adam Reed from Wiltshire Police is completely endorsed by the Force.
"He will now be placed on the national barred list which will ensure he is not able to work in policing in the future.
He added: “The victim in this case will continue to receive the full support of the organisation.”