A POLICE constable from Parbold has been warned to expect a jail sentence after being convicted of misconduct in public office and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how Simon Rose of Burnside, took advantage of a woman he knew to be vulnerable and a jury took just two hours to unanimously find him guilty of the two offences following a nine day trial.
They had heard how the Greater Manchester Police officer had a secret sexual relationship with an alleged rape victim after calling round to investigate her claims.
He kept their close relationship quiet and when, by coincidence, a search warrant was later issued for her home, he tried to dissuade his colleagues from searching for evidence.
Judge David Swinnerton told 48-year-old Rose, who seemed shocked at the verdicts: “This will be met with a prison sentence because we have to have trust in our police officers and where they breach that trust prison will follow.”
Rose was released on bail to await sentence on April 4 and meanwhile a psychiatric report is to be prepared.
Speaking after the hearing, regional director of Independent Office for Police Conduct Amanda Rowe said Rose “took advantage of a woman he knew to be vulnerable and his actions have absolutely no place in policing.”
She added: “His subsequent efforts to cover up his behaviour show he knew what he had done was unacceptable” and that Rose would now face “disciplinary proceedings, which will be arranged by the force.”
GMP Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods said: “It is imperative that police officers are held accountable for their actions.
“We treat allegations of misconduct with the utmost seriousness and, whilst this investigation has been led by the IOPC, we have supported investigators fully.
“I am deeply disappointed by this officer’s conduct and, now the trial has concluded, misconduct proceedings will commence.”