A top West Midlands Police officer has been cleared of child sex offence charges.
Det Insp Glen Boulton, 46, was found not guilty after the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence.
Judge Robert Orme directed the jury to return not guilty verdicts at Warwick Crown Court.
The officer of more than 20 years experience said he was now looking forward to returning to work and a normal family life.
DI Boulton, of Bentley Heath, Solihull, had been charged with four counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child under the age of 13 between 1978 and 1984.
Prosecutor Steven Bailey said it had been decided for a number of factors not to offer any evidence in the case.
The judge also made a defendant’s costs order to cover the officer’s legal costs.
A relieved DI Boulton spoke after the hearing and said the last 20 months had been particularly hard for his two teenage daughters.
He thanked his family, friends, neighbours and colleagues who had shown “overwhelming support” to him and his family.
He also paid tribute to his legal team and the Police Federation.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “Following the outcome of the case the issue of suspension and internal misconduct will now be reviewed.”
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