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Policeman convicted of rape and indecent assault

1:24 pm - 11/24/2010
PC Stephen Mitchell, of Northumbria police, preyed on vulnerable women in custody at Newcastle police station, court told

A policeman who preyed on vulnerable women he met while on duty was today convicted of two charges of rape and three of indecent assault.

PC Stephen Mitchell, of Northumbria police, had denied all the charges against him. He claimed the 16 women who had made complaints about his behaviour were liars.

On Friday, the 42-year-old was cleared of three counts of rape, two indecent assaults and two counts of misconduct in a public office.

But the jury at Newcastle crown court convicted him of five other sex offences on its fifth day of deliberations today.

Yesterday, he was found guilty of six counts of misconduct in a public office but cleared of six other counts of misconduct and one of assault.

During a five-week trial, the prosecution said Mitchell preyed on heroin addicts, shoplifters and a disabled teenager by offering them help while they were in custody at Pilgrim Street police station, in central Newcastle, and then demanding sexual favours afterwards.

He had a hold over one woman for three and a half years – even trying to keep her on heroin after she had quit – which only ended when she went into hiding after he raped her in handcuffs at her home, it was alleged.

Other women were flattered then propositioned while still in custody with a view to beginning sexual relations later, the jury was told.

Mitchell claimed the women colluded against him after a rumour he said had been made up by one claimant was picked up by others in a close-knit criminal fraternity.

The officer, from Glasgow, claimed: "These people will grab any opportunity they can."

Source: The Grauniad

Always nice when your home city makes the national news, isn't it? -_-
popehippo 24th-Nov-2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
Holy shit.

Fuck the police.
dearmisterecho 24th-Nov-2010 03:18 pm (UTC)

fucking power hungry shit bag, I can't even

Edited at 2010-11-24 03:18 pm (UTC)
wimples 24th-Nov-2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
castalianspring 24th-Nov-2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
OMG, talk about abuse of power. That's horrific. I have to admit, I'm surprised he was convicted of any of the charges at all, though I'm wondering just how much prison time he was given.
mollywobbles867 24th-Nov-2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I can't.
chaya 24th-Nov-2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
I cannot even... ugh. I just can't.
lightbird777 24th-Nov-2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what he did is horrific.

I'm glad that he was convicted but I really wonder if he'll get any substantial sentence as opposed to what amounts to a slap on the wrist. I'm willing to bet it will be the latter, but I'm extremely cynical and pessimistic.
brewsternorth 24th-Nov-2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh hell. O:

I'm glad he's been brought to book, but... argh.
sparkindarkness 24th-Nov-2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ye gods, oversight where was it?

This is sick beyond measure - and not just for the evil crap he did, but for the fact that he amnaged to get away with it for so long in his position. More corruption oversight is desperately needed
redstar826 24th-Nov-2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
OMG those poor woman :( I can't begin to imagine how terrifying this must have been for them
thepikey 24th-Nov-2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
"He claimed the 16 women who had made complaints about his behaviour were liars."

All 16, hunh? Hm, who should I believe? Occam's Razor, help me!
shoujokakumei 24th-Nov-2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
Obviously this is a big conspiracy against a fine, upstanding officer of the law!

Also, the dog ate his homework.
taiki 24th-Nov-2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Always nice when your home city makes the national news, isn't it? -_-

I live in Sharron Angle country.

I understand on some level. :/
ididthatonce 24th-Nov-2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
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