Banbury PC sentenced for computer misuse charges

The scales of justice
The scales of justice

A Banbury PC who pleaded guilty to charges of computer misuse and breaching the Data Protection Act was sentenced today.

PC Matthew Oaten, aged 30, of Goodwood Close, Bicester, has been sentenced at Winchester Crown court after he admitted three counts of computer misuse and two counts of breaching the Data Protection Act.

PC Oaten, who is currently suspended from duties in Banbury for Thames Valley Police, pleaded guilty to the charges at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday June 8.

Today, June 13, PC Oaten was sentenced to 150 hours community service and ordered to pay £1000 in costs.

Some of the offences are alleged to have happened while PC Oaten was on duty between February 2013 and May 2015.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: “Following the officer’s guilty pleas and subsequent sentencing at Winchester Crown Court to criminal offences which were brought following an investigation by Thames Valley Police’s Professional Standards Department, the Force will be progressing gross misconduct proceedings in respect of the officer. We cannot offer further comment whilst this legal process is ongoing”.