A police officer has been unanimously cleared of sexual assault charges by a Crown Court jury. PC Gareth Roscoe was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl at the police station at which he worked. PC Roscoe will return to work following his acquittal at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. The Police Federation has voiced their disappointment at the Crown Prosecution Service for taking the matter through the courts. PC Roscoe is believed to have felt relieved over his acquittal.
PC Roscoe was accused of touching a 19-year-old girl’s breast and attempting to kiss her at Bolton Police Station. The girl had claimed that PC Roscoe had suggested that he would aid her boyfriend if she engaged in sexual behaviour with him. The jury was quick to dismiss the claims against PC Roscoe after being informed of several inconsistencies in the girl’s statement. Bernadette Baxter, defending, informed the court that the girl might have acted maliciously after her boyfriend was charged with a drink driving offence. PC Roscoe and his colleague had arrested the man following responding to an emergency call relating to a couple fighting in the street. The two officers transported his girlfriend to Bolton police station, where she claimed to have been assaulted. The girl reported the alleged assault over one hour after the time at which she claimed the assault had happened, after she had discovered that her partner had been charged. PC Roscoe had been assigned to restricted duties since the allegation. He had denied the charges against him.
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