Met officer faces misconduct probe after rape allegations

A metropolitan police officer accused of raping two female colleagues faces a misconduct hearing three years after the alleged crimes.

The nameless officer, who reportedly had abusive relationships with both women, has not been charged or suspended and has continued to work in a reduced capacity for the UK’s largest police force following an investigation by the BBC with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Last year, the government-run Criminal Injury Compensation Bureau (CICA) awarded both women substantial sums of money after police evidence concluded that each person had been sexually and physically abused.

The off-duty alleged crimes were reported to Essex Police in 2017. She said she had conducted a lengthy investigation, but admitted that there was “room for improvement in the management of this investigation”.

The force added that “no realistic prospect of prosecution” was given after submitting its file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 2019.

A statement from Essex Police said: “As a result, the suspect was advised for both investigations that he would not face any further action.

“In this case, there were no immediate security concerns as the allegations were not recent and there was no contact between suspects and victims.”

But one of the women given the pseudonym Holly to protect her anonymity told the BBC it was a “really bad investigation” with bad evidence, and she claimed the Essex police “didn’t even have all of my allegations picked up “. .

Scotland Yard said its professional standards body was overseeing the criminal investigation and then “found the officer was responsible for a case of gross misconduct in late February 2021”.

Siobhan Crawford, an attorney who works with sexual abuse survivors, suggested that it took city police “far too long” to take “positive steps” in relation to the allegations.

She told the PA News Agency that the case could “raise alarm bells about how domestic abuse survivors are treated in the first place,” and suggested that this could discourage other women from coming forward.

Ms. Crawford said, “These women are cops too, they know what a good, proper investigation looks like and they knew they were disappointed and they could bring it up.

“Police sexual assault survivors are unlikely to come forward because they fear not being believed. I think this case shows that it simply takes the police a long time to investigate.”

A Metropolitan Police statement said a date for the misconduct hearing has not yet been set but will be “expedited as soon as possible.”

It stated: “In accordance with normal procedure, it was not appropriate to pursue malpractice matters until all criminal cases were resolved so that all available information could be fully taken into account.

“The Metropolitan Police Service takes all domestic abuse allegations very seriously and rightly believes that a hearing should take into account the full circumstances of this case.”

Holly was awarded £ 17,100 in compensation from the CICA last year stating “police evidence suggests you were a victim of sexual abuse”.

Meanwhile, the other woman, identified only by the false name Kate, received £ 11,600 in compensation. The CICA said she was raped and subjected to “severe physical abuse”.

Outlining the allegations, Holly told the BBC she was in “incredible pain” after being thrown against a sofa and breaking her ribs. Kate said she was “beaten up in my car” while it was parked in the police station.

The official, given the pseudonym David in the investigation, has reportedly not played a public role since the allegations in 2017, but has never been suspended.

The CICA decides on cases based on a standard of evidence known as the “balance of probabilities”. This means that their decision is based on the claims officers’ view, which is more likely than not to have happened.

The CPS, which decides whether there is enough evidence to indict and bring someone to justice, examines claims to the higher criminal standard “beyond doubt”.

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