Police officer who met woman for unconditional sex denies abusing her position
An Avon and Somerset police officer who met a vulnerable woman for ‘unconditional’ sex said he thought her claim of being raped was a fantasy.
The officer, identified only as PC Y, said he sent X a photo on the Fab Swingers site to prove he was “genuine” but denied abusing his position.
She told him she was in therapy and discussed being severed and disliking the police, the officer’s misconduct hearing said.
Representing Avon and Somerset Police, Briony Ballard said PC Y heard what he wanted to hear so he could continue having sex.
She said her actions risked discrediting the force and amounted to serious misconduct.
Ms Ballard said on the first day of the hearing on December 2: ‘At first the officer knew he had to fill a gap because he had no verification. [of who he was from other users on Fab Swingers].
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“This check came from the policeman who revealed he was a policeman and then sent a picture of him in uniform. It was a deliberate choice.
“The motivation was to gain X’s trust so that he could meet her for a sexual encounter.
“The officer knew what he was doing was wrong. If you have 20 years of experience, you should be able to find out who is vulnerable.
PC Y, who joined the police force in 1996, told the hearing that he and his wife were married without sex after their daughter’s illness separated them.
The dad of two joined Fab Swingers in 2010 and met two people before X.
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“She asked me to prove that I was genuine and wanted to see me in uniform,” he told the hearing. “I wouldn’t have sent it unless she asked for it.
“I didn’t notice anything to suggest she was vulnerable.”
When asked what he thought X meant when she told him that she had been sexually assaulted and liked to fight with the police, PC Y replied, “I took it mainly. like his sexual fantasies. Some of the things she said didn’t make sense.
On the day they were to meet, PC Y sent a message to X to tell him that he was “excited like crazy”.
But he told the hearing on his arrival that he had “lost all desire and wanted to do nothing”, adding: “She was putting a lot of pressure”.
PC Y revealed to the panel that he too has been sexually assaulted in the past.
After sitting and talking on the couch for two hours, he got “really nervous” and decided the only way to go was to sleep with her.
CP Y said she was going mad and tried to prevent her from leaving, but after returning from the bathroom she was “placid”.
Shortly after leaving, X reported a serious sexual assault. She subsequently filed a complaint about PC Y’s behavior, which led to the misconduct hearing.
Ms Ballard said: “She told you that she had already been raped. She said she was in therapy for the rape. She had potential involvement with the mental health team and had potentially been severed.
“You ignored all of this and put it in the ‘does not apply to me’ box because you saw it as a fantasy. “
“You heard what you wanted to hear. “
PC Y replied, “It sounded like a fantasy. If it was face to face, I wouldn’t have anything to do with her. I would have protected her.
“It wasn’t about her. It was about meeting someone for a no-commitment relationship, nothing else. I have nothing to hide. I’ll say anything to the panel.
The hearing continues.