Detective Mark Fisher guilty of misconduct in sex case

Mark Fisher
Image caption Det Con Mark Fisher offered to pay a woman's drug debts in return for sex

A Cumbria detective who used the police computer to access women's details has been found guilty of misconduct.

Det Con Mark Fisher, of Cockermouth, who had sex with an alleged assault victim, was accused of abusing his position.

The 49-year-old denied nine charges of misconduct in a public office, but was found guilty on five counts.

He was warned to expect a custodial sentence when he returns to Carlisle Crown Court for sentencing on Friday.

Judge Paul Batty QC told the married father-of-two that a jail term was "inevitable".

During his trial Fisher admitted having sex with the victim of an alleged attack, and showing her a picture of the woman accused of assaulting her.

He said he had "just wanted sex" and had made mistakes.

The guilty verdicts related to using police systems inappropriately to access personal information about a number of women, and using his position to facilitate relationships with them at a time when they were vulnerable.

Fisher also gave money and alcohol to one woman while she was resident in a hostel and offered to pay the woman's drug debts in return for sex.

When the offences were carried out, between 2008 and 2010, Fisher was a sexual offenders' manager based in the force's Public Protection Unit.

Cumbria's Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde described Fisher's behaviour as "disappointing".

He said: "He abused his position of trust and failed in his role to protect vulnerable members of the community.

"By the very nature of their roles, police officers and staff have access to sensitive information, and we take our responsibility to protect that information seriously.

"Fisher's behaviour was not representative of Cumbria Constabulary and he can now contemplate his actions while he awaits sentence."

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