Police officer cleared of rape is told he faces jail

Pc Nicholas Stone
Image caption Pc Nick Stone denied rape and three misconduct offences

A police officer cleared of raping a woman in Devon has been told he faces a jail sentence for having sex with the woman while on duty.

Pc Nick Stone, 40, of Pitminster, Taunton, was serving with Devon and Cornwall Police at the time of the offence between 1999 and 2001.

At Exeter Crown Court he was cleared of rape and two misconduct offences.

But Judge Graham Cottle told Stone he faced a jail term on the third charge of misconduct in a public office.

Stone had admitted having sex with the woman but said it was consensual.

The officer, who now serves with Avon and Somerset Police, has been suspended since June 2010.

In a statement following the conviction, Devon and Cornwall Police said they hoped the case showed "all allegations of misconduct, regardless of the time lapse" would be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and sensitively.

"It is important that when an allegation is made against a police officer that the allegation is taken seriously and a thorough investigation with the highest integrity is progressed.

"The community can find confidence in the fact that police do police themselves," the statement added.

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