Cumbria Police officer cleared of hotel rape

Nicholas Doherty Image copyright PA
Image caption Nicholas Doherty was cleared by a jury at Warwick Crown Court

A police officer has been found not guilty of raping a woman in an hotel room while he was at a conference.

Nicholas Doherty from Walney, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was cleared by a jury at Warwick Crown Court.

The 42-year-old Cumbria Police officer denied two counts of rape, one of attempted rape and a charge of assault by penetration.

He said he had consensual sex with the woman at a hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 2012.

The Crown alleged Mr Doherty attacked the woman in the early hours after meeting her in a pub.

Mr Doherty told the jury he had a one-night stand with the woman and that everything that had taken place was consensual.

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