Police officer Chris Young ‘targeted female witnesses to satisfy sexual desires’

Police officer 'targeted female witnesses to satisfy sexual desires'
Accused: PC Chris Young (Picture: BBC)

A police officer targeted female witnesses to satisfy his sexual desires, a court has heard.

PC Chris Young, who denies seven counts of misconduct in a public office, is alleged to have had sexual relations with three of the seven women he ‘pursued’ while he was on duty.

Some of them were said to be witnesses in criminal inquiries.

A jury at Derby Crown Court was told PC Young committed the offences while serving with Nottinghamshire Police between 2003 and 2012. He has since been suspended.

Opening the Crown’s case against the 46-year-old constable, prosecution counsel James House claimed he had misconducted himself at the homes and workplaces of some of the women.

Describing some of the women as vulnerable, Mr House told jurors: ‘This case is about a police officer who used his position, his status, his knowledge, and access to information to satisfy his own sexual desires.

‘He targeted women who he came into contact with during the course of his work.’

Young, the court heard, was rebuffed by some of the women, while others sent him intimate pictures or had sexual relations with him.

Mr House added: ‘He often picked on vulnerable people who he knew would either struggle to report what had happened or if they did, would be considered to be lacking in credibility.’

During his opening address, Mr House said none of the women knew one another, and two had come forward after the defendant had been arrested.

Young, who was last based at Hucknall and had previously worked in the Worksop area, denies committing misconduct by behaving in a sexually inappropriate way, having sexual relations, and engaging in sexual activity.

The case continues.

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24 November 2014 | 7:14 pm – Source: metro.co.uk


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