Prosecution refutes claims that alleged sexual behaviour between Herts police officer from Stevenage and female crime victims was ‘harmless fun’
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A sexual relationship between a police officer from Stevenage and a crime victim was not ‘harmless fun’, the prosecution has claimed.
The alleged actions of Herts PC Simon Salway – who is appearing at Luton Crown Court charged with exploiting his professional contacts with six crime victims and other crime witnesses between 2006 and 2014 – can only be seen as misconduct in office, according to prosector Gregory Perrins.
Mr Perrins, who made his summary on Friday, said: “The words Mr Salway has used throughout this trial to describe his actions with the women giving evidence is ‘harmless fun’.
“It is not harmless fun for a police officer to have sex with a woman after he has taken a witness statement.
“It is not harmless fun to stop for kissing and sexual touching with a woman under your care in a lay-by while on duty.
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“And it is not harmless fun to send texts to someone in a vulnerable position.
“Police officers are in a unique position and have a strong position of trust. They must act with honesty and integrity and not undermine the public’s confidence.
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“Mr Salway cannot get away from the fact that he had sex with one of the women, because he has a child with her.
“He also cannot escape from the text messages, which are evidence of a sexual relationship with several women while he was on duty.”