A chief constable who suddenly retired this week was investigated in connection with an alleged cover-up involving child abuse charges against a judge, it was revealed today.
Terry Grange, 58, stood down from his role at Dyfed-Powys Police on Monday with immediate effect when it was disclosed that he was the subject of an Independent Police Complaints Commission inquiry into potentially criminal financial irregularities.
It is now understood that the married father-of-three was also accused of letting his personal relationship with a judge interfere with the force’s handling of child abuse claims against him.
The judge’s ex-wife is thought to have made the complaint about the matter.
An IPCC spokesman said: “The IPCC can confirm that it has received a complaint about the non-recording of a complaint and it is waiting for a response from the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority.”
The commission ruled in August that the complaint should have been investigated.
Mr Grange was spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers on child protection issues and managing sex offenders.
No one from Dyfed-Powys Police, or the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority, was available to comment today.
Dyfed-Powys Police is understood to have allegedly refused to accept a complaint from the judge's ex-wife that the force's approach was biased, due to the relationship between the judge and Mr Grange, who had worked together on criminal justice issues.
Mr Grange took over as Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police in March 2000.
His retirement meant the IPCC had to drop inquiries into separate allegations that he had misused police computers.
The Dyfed-Powys Police Authority has confirmed that the allegations involved claims that Mr Grange sent “private emails concerning a personal relationship”.
There has been criticism that Mr Grange was allowed to leave the force while investigations were continuing. Plaid Cymru AM Helen Mary Jones has said serving officers believe no other member of the force would have been allowed to walk away from the allegations.
The authority’s emergency committee discussed the matter this week, saying it was “in the public interest” to allow him to retire.
Mr Grange met members of the police authority at the force’s headquarters near Carmarthen, South Wales, to ask for support but it was refused.
In November last year, Mr Grange caused controversy by saying he did not think some adults who had sex with girls under the age of 16 should be called paedophiles.
He said in an interview with The Times: “I don’t actually personally adhere to the 15-year-old being with a 20-year-old boyfriend being paedophilia, or even if the boyfriend is 30.”
He previously served in the Parachute Brigade, having joined the Army as a 15-year-old.