Former Humberside police officer took own life after sex assault conviction
A former police officer took his own life after being jailed for sexually assaulting a young girl.
Kevin Ford, of Driffield, served seven months in prison after pleading guilty in 2011 to attacking the child.
Hull Crown Court heard Mr Ford, 59, "derived pleasure" from looking at photographs of young women and detectives found 270 indecent images of children on his computer.
But, despite his conviction, his wife Karen, also a police officer, decided to forgive him.
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Mrs Ford, who married him in 2008, rented a flat in Beverley for her husband after his release.
The inquest in Hull heard she wanted him to move back into their family home in Driffield with her two daughters, but social services would not allow it.
"We still loved each other and intended to be a family but social services portrayed me in a very negative way," she said in a statement read out at the inquest.
Mrs Ford and her daughters ended up living at the Beverley property while he moved back to Driffield, but they continued to have disagreements with social services over his restrictions.
Her husband had been ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for ten years and was not allowed to have custody or care of children.
Mrs Ford said they had discussed their future and were both willing to do "whatever it took" to be a family again, even if it meant waiting until the girls were older.
The inquest heard the daughters wanted their stepfather to move back in and Mrs Ford said she "didn't force them to do anything".
The couple were told by East Riding social worker Amanda Taylor that they would soon be allowed to live together and restrictions would be lifted.
But before they were told the move had been rejected, the family decided it was safe to go back to the Driffield house.
Social services found Mr Ford living with the girls and told him to leave.
Mrs Ford said: "We felt like our lives were being ripped away from us."
Amanda Taylor said she always spoke to the family with respect.
She said: "I may not have agreed with some of her decisions, but it was my job to safeguard the children."
The couple received a letter telling Mr Ford to move out and a meeting was arranged with a solicitor.
On the day of the meeting in November last year, Mrs Ford came home from dropping her daughters off and found her husband hanging in the garage.
Mrs Ford said: "We gave him a second chance and made a long-term commitment to each other.
"I miss him every day and the girls also miss him."
Rosemary Baxter, assistant deputy coroner for Hull and the East Riding, recorded a verdict of death by hanging.