Convicted sex offender who posed as a police officer – owning his own uniform and warrant card and lying to his partner, friends and family – is jailed for 28 months
- Bradley Baker has been jailed for two years and four months at Birmingham court
- Court heard he posed as British Transport Police officer and had police uniforms
- Baker, 28, had been convicted of child sex offences and banned from computers
- Police say Baker took computer from his work and was in breach of a court order
Jailed: Bradley Baker posed as a police officer on dating apps and lied to his partner, friends and family
A former journalist and convicted sex offender who posed as a police officer on dating apps and lied to his family and friends has been jailed for 28 months.
Bradley Baker, 28, had his own uniform, claiming he was an officer for the British Transport Police, and even used a fake warrant card to get free train and bus travel.
A court heard the fantasist, who is also a convicted child sex offender, posed as an officer on dating apps and had a collection of other police articles at his home.
The 28-year-old was convicted of three sex offences in 2018 and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which banned him from using computers.
Baker, of Handworth, Birmingham, was rumbled when he was reported to North Wales Police for a separate offence.
He was reported as a serving BTP Special Constable based in Birmingham but enquiries quickly established he had never worked for the force.
Officers searched his home on February 1 last year and seized a police uniform including a warrant card badge and holder displaying ‘DC Baker’.
Two fake BTP warrant cards and multiple police lanyards were also recovered by the force.
Baker also tried to throw laptops out of his window as officers arrived, which were found to be unregistered.
This breached a sexual harm prevention order which stated that any electrical device in his possession must be registered with police.
A laptop which was later found to be stolen from his previous job as a journalist was also recovered as well as amounts of cannabis.
Baker pleaded guilty to possession of police articles and two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which was handed to him after committing three sexual offences involving children in 2018.
Baker was jailed for two years and four months at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured)
He was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court on March 25 after also pleading guilty to one count of theft by employee and two counts of possession of Class B cannabis.
BTP Police Constable Jade Ledbrook, said: ‘Possessing fake items of police uniform and posing as a police officer is an extremely serious offence, and I’m glad that the severity of Baker’s delusional actions is reflected in his sentence.
‘Sexual Harm Prevention Orders are given to protect the public, and Baker’s blatant disregard for this demonstrates his dangerous mindset.
‘Had he not been stopped as a result of this extensive investigation, he could have continued to commit even further, and potentially more serious, crimes – therefore I’m pleased to see him behind bars.’