Sex-on-duty policeman jailed

A married policeman who had sex with a woman while he was on duty was jailed for 12 months today.









Pc Nicholas Stone, 40, was told by a judge that as a serving police officer he had abused the public's trust placed in him.



A jury at Exeter Crown Court convicted him last week of misconduct in public office but acquitted him of rape and two other charges of misconduct in public office.



Stone, of The Old Post Office, Pitminster, Somerset, had denied all four charges.



Jailing Stone for 12 months, Judge Graham Cottle, The Recorder of Exeter, said that he regarded the victim's evidence in court as "accurate and truthful".



"A police officer in a small community enjoys a position of considerable power," he told Stone.



"It is a position that generally means the respect of the public is also enjoyed.



"Power can be abused and this case is a story of an extremely unattractive abuse of power.



"You used the power that your status gave you to take advantage of a vulnerable young woman and when things became difficult for you, entirely of your own making, your behaviour towards her became extremely unpleasant.



"She complained to your superiors who dealt with it in a highly inappropriate and shameful way.



"When a police officer like you is in serious breach of his duty the trust the community has in the police is damaged.



"I give credit for the mitigation that has been advanced on your behalf and that you and others close to you will be affected by this case."



"However, the public would expect the sentence to reflect the views I have expressed."









Stone had sex with the woman while on duty in Tiverton, Devon, in 1999, having met her when he arrested a close relative of hers.



At the time he was serving with Devon and Cornwall Police but in the summer of 2001 transferred to the Avon and Somerset force.



She gave evidence to the court that Stone, in uniform, had followed her home in his patrol car on a different occasion, warned he was going to give her a ticket and then instead began kissing her.



She said they had sex and then his radio "intercepted" and he had to return to work.



He was cleared of angrily confronting her and grabbing her while on patrol on another occasion, and warning one of her friends that they would be arrested if they did not step aside to let him talk to her on another occasion.



The prosecution claimed he had become "obsessive and possessive" over her.



It was also alleged that Stone raped the woman in a deserted yard, while off duty, after seeing her walking through the town at night in 2001.



Stone said he had a consensual sexual relationship with her, which was always off duty, and he never confronted her or abused his position to pursue her.



He said the alleged rape was consensual sex, which she initiated, and their sexual relationship continued occasionally after that.

Suggested Topics
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
SPONSORED FEATURES
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory