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Police chief ‘interfered with conduct investigation’

  • Superintendent Gez Chiariello is already suspended pending an investigation
  • A probe is underway into his alleged gross misconduct with female officers
  • He was arrested on Monday on suspicion of trying to interfere with the probe
  • Martial arts expert is the commander of the force’s Milton Keynes police area

Superintendent Gez Chiariello (pictured), who is already suspended from his role, was detained on Monday

A police chief has been arrested on suspicion of trying to interfere with a probe into his alleged misconduct with female officers.

Superintendent Gez Chiariello, who is already suspended from his role pending the investigation, was detained on Monday.

Thames Valley Police said the 46-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. 

The martial arts expert has been serving as the commander of the force’s Milton Keynes police area.

He made headlines earlier this year after he left his wife and moved in with a policewoman almost 15 years his junior. 

The date of the disciplinary hearing had not been set and the case was expected to have been heard late in 2017 or early 2018.

However, his arrest and potential criminal proceedings could delay the internal investigation.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: ‘A police officer has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and harassment.

‘A 46-year-old man from Milton Keynes, who is of Superintendent rank and is currently suspended from duty, was arrested by the force in connection with forthcoming police gross misconduct proceedings.

‘He has been released under investigation from police custody.’

Chiariello made headlines earlier this year after he left his wife and moved in with a policewoman almost 15 years his junior (PC Jess Lomax, pictured)

Chiariello made headlines earlier this year after he left his wife and moved in with a policewoman almost 15 years his junior (PC Jess Lomax, pictured)

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