Woman attacked by pervert police officer felt so dirty she ‘bathed herself in bleach’
PC Steve Walters was jailed for four years after sexually assaulting two
women while on duty – one in the back of a patrol car and the other in
vile police officer committed ‘one of the worst violations of integrity’
a top cop had ever seen.
PC Steve Walters sexually assaulted two women while on duty – one in the back of a police patrol car and the other in her own home after she dialled 999 asking for police assistance.
The incidents happened on February 8 and April 15.
The 48-year-old, who was dismissed from the force for gross misconduct, was jailed for four years at Stafford Crown Court on Tuesday.
Paul Glenn told Walters: “The public are entitled to have faith in
police officers and trust them in the discharge in their powers and
responsibility which are considerable.
“You exploited that trust.”
Judge Glenn said he took advantage of situations to offend, reports the Birmingham Mail.
One victim sexually assaulted in her home cried all night and “bathed in bleach because she felt dirty”.
The other victim suffered panic attacks and anxiety.
West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson has apologised, on behalf of the force, for PC Walters’ actions.
He said: “The public expects simple things from the police: that they
can trust us, that we offer friendship and service to people in need,
and that vulnerable people are safe in our care.
“A police uniform should be a beacon of comfort and protection. PC Walters has engaged in criminal activity that has shocked me.
“In 26 years police service this is one of the worst violations of policing integrity I have ever seen.
at a point where they needed our help were abused by this officer who
used his uniform and power to enter people’s lives.
“I am deeply sorry for what has happened and apologise on behalf of the force.
“Having read one victim statement I am left in no doubt of the terrible impact these crimes have had on people.
only hope the public and PC Walters’ victims can understand the efforts
we and the IPCC will take to bring officers who fail the public in this
way to justice.
“There is no place for a criminal like PC
Walters in this force, I don’t accept his apology, and I have no
hesitation for dismissing him without notice.”
PC Walters, from
Swaddlincote, was on patrol in a marked police car on February 8 last
year when he and a colleague offered a lift to a woman who was walking
home from a night out.
During the five minute journey Walters − who was a front seat passenger − reached into the back and touched the woman’s thigh.
The victim reported the attack the following day after confiding in a work colleague, who is a former police officer.
was also on duty and in uniform on April 15 when he attended the home
address of a woman who reported her teenage son missing.
The schoolboy returned home but, as PC Walters moved to leave
the house, he pushed his mum up against the hallway, kissed her and
placed his hand inside her clothing.
PC Walters was arrested on 6
May and denied the allegations − but forensics experts found his DNA on
the pants and vest of the woman he’d attacked in her own home.
He maintained his innocence, claiming the DNA evidence was as a result of sneezing near the woman.
But on day one of his trial at Stafford Crown Court on September 5 he entered guilty pleas.
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