A male police officer “used his position” to “emotionally manipulate” a vulnerable female victim of domestic violence and asked her for cocktails when attempting to relate to her, a misconduct panel heard today.
The police officer is accused of having “forced and controlled” the young woman and “sexualized” her relationship on the pretext that he is assisting in her partner’s criminal proceedings.
The domestic violence officer bombarded the “very suggestive” woman with inappropriate messages, hugged and kissed her on the cheek, and invited her to his home, it said.
However, the identity of the middle-aged officer who could be released for the alleged offenses cannot be disclosed as he was granted anonymity at a misconduct hearing.
The woman, referred to only as Ms. A, said his behavior made her “paranoid about male cops” and afraid to call 999 because “they are just normal people and do bad things”.
The allegations come as male police officers’ contact with women is being put to the test following the Pc Wayne Couzens and Sarah Everard case.
The Hampshire Constabulary Disciplinary Hearing was informed that the officer named “Officer A” came into contact with Ms. A while he was working on the case of her abusive partner.
The woman at risk, described as “high risk,” felt “friendly and supportive,” but Prosecutor Victoria said of Watcher that Officer A created a “catalog” of violations.
The hearing at the Hampshire Constabulary HQ in Eastleigh, Hants heard him text her kisses, take a selfie at his Christmas party, call her “hun”, invite her out for cocktails and send her a message of his failed marriage by midnight.
He sent up to 18 messages in a day, sent her emojis with “wink”, hugged her after her partner’s trial and kissed her on the cheek, it was said.
Ms. von Watcher said the officer was “sexually motivated” and his messages “do not show the right level of relationship between him and a professional client”.
“It is important to remember that she was a vulnerable person, a victim of domestic violence, very suggestible and had to be treated with special care,” she said.
“The reality is that he treated her in a way that he would not have treated a man; in compulsive, controlling behavior and in the way he approached her.
“That sexualized the relationship itself. There is a catalog of breaches of norms in terms of politeness in dealing and maintaining the correct limits.
“There was inappropriate terminology and physical contact, inappropriate interference and coercion of a vulnerable professional client.
“He used his position as a police officer – let’s be honest, he would not have had any contact with her if he hadn’t been a police officer – and tried to secure a personal relationship.
“There is an attempt to emotionally manipulate a person in a way that no one but a woman would.”
After the suspected behavior of the officer came to light in 2019, the woman was interviewed by officers and told them, “It made me paranoid, especially with male police officers.
“If I need help now, I would hesitate to call the police as they are just normal people and do bad things.” I’m also worried now about calling the police … What he did wasn’t right and I felt like other cops might be like that. “
Describing her mental state when Officer A contacted her, she added, “I was a mess emotionally and physically.
The hearing was told that Officer A had invited her to his home in Portsmouth, Hants, and claimed that he would provide an “update” on the case from there because he had “window workers”.
But she said she realized things were “strange” when he explained that the workers would not be there. She said, “I didn’t see the flirtatiousness before he invited me over to his home because otherwise I wouldn’t have gone.
“He was very helpful and supportive every day beforehand. I just felt overwhelmed.
“My whole life fell apart and I didn’t realize what he was doing because I was naive – I almost died a few weeks ago.
“At first I thought this guy really wanted to help me, but in the end what he was doing wasn’t helpful at all.
“The way he was behaving, I think he had a romantic interest. You don’t invite anyone to dinner like that, it’s an appointment – that wasn’t a decent thing. “
Officer A also allegedly inappropriately accessed police files and disclosed information about her partner’s restraining order, and then attempted to prevent her from lifting the order by sending “forced” messages and speaking to her mother.
Ms. von Watcher said, “We say this was done to blacken the name of [Female A’s partner] and ingratiate yourself with Ms. A, or at best control her and manipulate her actions into doing what he wanted her to do. “
The Hampshire Constabulary officer denies the offense.
The weeklong misconduct hearing continues.
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