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Policewoman Jailed For Having Sex With A Rape Victim

| by Denise Recalde

A police officer who had an affair with a female rape victim she was assigned to look after has been sent to prison for 22 months. British officials learned the law enforcement officer had had sex with the victim in the bathroom of a McDonald's restaurant. 

Officer Charlotte Peters, 33, began the affair in February with a woman who had been raped by a stranger. Peters, of the Metropolitan Police's Sexual Offenses, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, was assigned to the woman as her liaison officer, the Evening Standard reports

Peters, of Bedfordshire, and the woman engaged in sex four times in less than a month, with the first kiss taking place when the officer was taking the rape victim's fingerprints. 

"Tired of being her dirty little secret," the rape victim in March informed personnel at the home where she was staying of the affair. She said she spoke up because she believed Peters was not going to leave her long-term girlfriend. 

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The policewoman put undue pressure on the woman, threatening to kill herself over her stress of having the news of the affair reach her superiors, the court heard. Peters also demanded her lover delete the texts they had exchanged. 

A London court heard the rape victim slashed her wrists because of the stress. She was taken to hospital and has since made a full recovery. 

In a November interview, the victim said she had been "in love" with Peters and felt she was not being taken advantage of, the Independent reports. 

"It was just two people who fell for each other in bad circumstances," said case prosecutor Kate Bex. 

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Judge Anthony Leonard told Peters: "You must have realized as soon as it started how inappropriate your relationship was."

He continued: "It beggars belief someone who seems to be so admired by other officers allowed yourself to [start the relationship]."

He said that Peters ought to have been "there to support her, not to cause her further distress and difficulties." He noted, "You did nothing to bring it to an end."

As the case against her was presented in court, Peters sat with her head bowed in her seat and mouthed "love you" to the public gallery as she was led away in handcuffs. 

Peters pleaded guilty to misconduct in November and was sentenced to prison for 22 months on Dec. 21. 

Sources: Independent, Evening Standard / Photo credit: Succo/Pixabay

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