Hundreds of police sex pests uncovered
Predatory officers face tough new punishments
Police who abuse their power for sexual advantage face new criminal sanctions as the scale of predatory behaviour by officers is revealed.
Forces across the country are examining more than 150 cases of alleged sexual misconduct by police, a Times investigation found. It also uncovered that 400 members of the public have made complaints over the past five years.
Many officers stand accused of harassing, sexually assaulting or raping women after they reported a crime. In some cases victims were targeted within police stations.
The Times has learnt that a law to punish police who have relationships with vulnerable victims of crime is being considered amid concerns that too few officers face charges.
Crossing the line: hundreds of police are facing sexual misconduct claims
When an intoxicated young woman complained of being sexually assaulted by a rickshaw driver in London in the early hours of the morning, PC Rudi Raichura was dispatched to the scene.
As Raichura, 39, helped the distressed victim into a patrol car, his colleague was surprised to see the Metropolitan police officer reach over to put on the seatbelt and “whisper something in her ear”. Realising that Raichura had slipped his private telephone number to the woman, the colleague raised concerns with an inspector.
The PC was given a verbal warning about his behaviour but four months later a female GP complained that Raichura had insisted on driving her home in his patrol car and then asked her out on a date.