PC Longmate found guilty of misconduct in a public office over sexual encounter in a patrol car. Polly Dyer prosecuted.

A police officer who had sexual contact with a drunk woman in a patrol car has been found guilty of misconduct.

PC Matthew Longmate, 47, was on duty with PC Daniel Nash in Derbyshire on 4 October 2015 when they offered the intoxicated woman a lift home.

Southwark Crown Court heard Nash, who has since died, had admitted a series of misconduct charges but said Longmate had been involved in one incident.  During the course of the drive to the woman's home, Nash said they parked and he had sex with the woman while she performed a sex act on Longmate.

Steve Noonan, director of major investigations at the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said: "PC Longmate targeted a lone woman who was in a vulnerable position in a town centre late at night.  She should have felt safe in this situation but instead he and his colleague abused their position as police officers in a way that is a complete betrayal of the public trust placed in them.  Police officers who abuse their power for sexual gain not only discredit their profession but breach the public's trust and seriously undermines confidence in the police service."

Longmate, who denied the charge, will be sentenced in January.

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