A disgraced former police officer who had sex with a 17-year-old boy in his patrol car has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Mark Martin, 36, who was based at High Wycombe police station, arranged to meet a 17-year-old member of the public whilst on duty on November 8 last year.

He invited the male out with him in a police vehicle and the pair engaged in consensual sexual activity in a car park near Hughenden Manor.

Martin was arrested on November 28 last year and was charged with misconduct in a public office via postal requisition on February 15.

During the investigation, police officers found a video on his mobile phone in which he was seen touching himself inappropriately in a McDonalds restaurant at approximately 10pm on September 12 last year.

At a court hearing on Monday, May 13, an act of outraging public decency was added to the indictment and he entered a guilty plea to the offence at Reading Crown Court.

He was sentenced to one-month imprisonment, which will be served concurrently alongside the six-month sentence.

Martin had resigned from his position with Thames Valley Police and left the force on January 31.

A gross misconduct hearing was held on April 30, which concluded that he would have been dismissed if he had still been a serving officer.

Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg said: “This kind of behaviour lets down everyone who serves for Thames Valley Police.

"We will never tolerate such behaviour from our officers, and it is absolutely not acceptable within our force.

“We will always investigate those who offend or whose behaviour falls below the standards expected.

"In this case it has resulted in Martin being convicted of a serious criminal offence and he will have time to reflect upon his actions in prison.”