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Police officer told he can keep his job after messaging millionaire's rioting daughter during her trialLaura Johnson, 20, was handed a two-year jail term for driving looters around London during 2011 riotsBut Scotland Yard launched an investigation after James Quigley, an officer who gave evidence at her trial, made contact with her
He was later subject to disciplinary action but has kept his job
19:36 GMT, 27 December 2012
A Metropolitan Police officer who sent a text message to a millionaire's daughter during her trial for chauffeuring looters around during the London riots has held on to his job.
University-educated Laura Johnson, 20, was handed a two-year jail term for her part in the crime spree which engulfed the city at the height of the 2011 riots.
But Scotland Yard was forced to launch an internal inquiry before any verdict was reached after it emerged Detective Constable James Quigley, an officer who gave evidence to the court, made contact with Johnson.
University educated Laura Johnson, 20, was handed a two year jail term for chauffeuring looters around London on a crime spree at the height of the 2011 riots
Quigley, 38, was placed on restricted duties while the Metropolitan Police's Directorate of Professional Standards investigated his conduct.
He was later subject to disciplinary action but escaped any accusation of gross-misconduct and continues in his job with the force.
A Met Police spokesman said: 'A 38-year-old officer from Bromley (in south London) was placed on restricted duties pending the outcome of the internal investigation following allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
'He has since received disciplinary action.'
Scotland Yard was forced to launch an internal inquiry before any verdict was reached after it emerged Detective Constable James Quigley, an officer who gave evidence to the court, made contact with Johnson
Johnson, who was reading English and Italian at Exeter university, was stopped by police after she set out in her black Smart car on August 8 2011, driving passengers clad in balaclavas from one location to another so they could loot and rob.
Following her arrest, which drew widespread publicity, her family received a string of anonymous hostile letters and Quigley was sent to their home in Orpington, Kent.
During her trial at Inner London Crown Court, he detailed his contact with the former grammar school pupil.
Lawyers were forced to interrupt proceedings when it emerged the officer had apparently sent Johnson the text message. Its contents have never been disclosed.
Johnson was found guilty of burglary and handling stolen goods and jailed in May.
Accomplice Christopher Edwards, 17, from Catford, south east London, was ordered to serve 12 months at a young offenders institution after he was convicted on similar charges.
A third defendant, Alexander Elliott-Joahill, 19, from Lee, south east London, was jailed for eight years in September for handling stolen goods, burglary, possession of a knife, violent disorder, robbery and attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.