Corrupt cop abused police database to blackmail child abusers
A London policeman who attempted to blackmail sex offenders and drug dealers has been jailed for six years.
PC Amerdeep Singh Johal, 29, was arrested by anti-corruption cops from Scotland Yard in July 2007. Johal was employed in checking names and address on the police database, called Crimint, on behalf of beat cops.
He abused the role to contact 11 convicted offenders and threaten to spill the beans on their crimes unless he was given “hush money”. Johal requested between £29,000 and £31,000 for his silence, threatening to tell work colleagues or neighbours of convicted sex offenders about their crimes. In one instance Johal demanded £89,000 as a “goodwill gesture”.
He also used Crimint to research drug dealers, including a member of a group rejoicing in the title The League of Four English Gentlemen.