The victims of harassment

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The Independent Online
COMPLAINTS OF sexual harassment and assault by male police officers over the past year include:

Several women accused an officer of sexually assaulting them while they were detained in police cells. He was fined pounds 825 and dismissed from the service.

The female victim of unwanted telephone calls complained that the officer dealing with the case had made offensive remarks and had indecently assaulted her.

An investigation led to similar complaints from seven other women. The officer was charged with six counts of indecent assault, placed on probation for two years and dismissed from the force.

A woman special constable attending a weekend course at a police headquarters complained that two of the organisers had made improper advances and suggestive remarks.

One officer gave her a note asking her to come to his bedroom and suggested that he would support her application for a full-time police post in return for sex. He was charged with discreditable conduct.

A policeman who picked up women while on the beat was jailed for 10 years in May for raping two teenagers and indecently assaulting a woman.

Among the victims of PC John Blott, 33, was a 16-year-old raped at the officer's home in New Marske, Cleveland.

A 14-year-old complained that she had been improperly searched by an officer.

This led to a number of female officers reporting they had suffered inappropriate behaviour at the hands of the same officer. He was charged with 10 disciplinary offences of abuse of authority and discreditable conduct.

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