A police officer who had sex with a ‘drunk’ woman while responding to an emergency callout has been found guilty of misconduct in a public office.
Jordan Masterson put his head in his hands and sobbed as a jury delivered its verdict after more than nine hours of deliberating today.
He was a probationary police constable when he arrived at the home of a woman, referred to as female G, in the early hours of December 28, 2021.
She had called 999 to report a disturbance but had been drinking alcohol and was ‘emotional’, Chester Crown Court heard.
Just 15 minutes after Masterson arrived at her property, he turned his bodyworn camera off.
The 28-year-old, who was stationed in Widnes, Cheshire, claimed she touched his hand and stripped completely naked when he left the room while on a radio call.
But the woman, whose children were asleep in the house, told police that it was in-fact Masterson who touched her hand and that the ‘atmosphere changed’ when he did.
Giving evidence from behind a screen during the trial, which lasted over a week, female G said: ‘How does this happen? How do you call the police and he ends up taking advantage of you when you’re drunk and vulnerable?’
Masterson, who resigned from Cheshire Constabulary in the summer of 2022, claimed he was ‘powerless’ and that female G had ‘been in control’ of the situation.
‘I remember just being confused, feeling completely numb like I was glued to the floor,’ he told the court.
He claimed the woman pulled him on top of her onto the sofa and that there was ‘no thought process’ during the sexual encounter.
The court heard he left after they had sex but later returned to her home after more emergency calls.
He denied ‘pleading’ with her not to tell anyone about what had happened.
When he left for a second time, the woman rang the police and reported the incident, initially using the word ‘rape’ but then saying she had wanted sex.
Asked in court about why she said she had been raped, the woman said: ‘That’s the word to describe how I felt. I felt completely violated.’
The jury was told that when Masterson, of Townsend Avenue, Liverpool, was interviewed by police he made no comment to questions but gave a prepared statement in which he said the woman had ‘instigated’ physical contact.
A vulnerable person’s assessment form which Masterson completed after visiting the woman warned officers to ‘be wary of what this female may do in the future and I urge my colleagues to attend double-crewed’.
Judge Michael Leeming warned Masterson there was an ‘overwhelming likelihood’ he would be given an immediate custodial sentence, but adjourned the case until March 20 for a pre-sentence report to be carried out.
Speaking after the verdict, Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS special crime division, said: ‘MMasterson’s shameful behaviour amounted to a serious abuse of the trust which the public rightly have in a police officer not to act in this manner.
‘He knew what he had done was wrong, and then attempted to cast doubt on the woman’s account by urging his colleagues to attend her home with at least two officers in future.
‘I hope this conviction reassures the public and the victim in this case that nobody is above the law and that all offenders will be held accountable.’
Last month, a PC was spared jail after having a threesome with a fellow cop and drunk woman in a patrol car.
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