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Borders policeman Kevin Storey convicted of rape and sex assaults

Kevin Storey Image copyright CIARAN DONNELLY
Image caption Kevin Storey was convicted of the offences at the High Court in Edinburgh

A police officer from the Borders who carried out sex attacks on two women and a string of assaults has been warned he faces a lengthy jail term.

Kevin Storey, 48, of Melrose, had denied the charges but was convicted of rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and assault.

Judge Paul Arthurson QC told the former Lothian and Borders force sergeant: "These are extremely serious offences."

Sentence was deferred and Storey was remanded in custody

The judge at the High Court in Edinburgh told Storey that because of the gravity of the crimes it was almost inevitable that he would receive a substantial prison term when he returned to court next month.

The court heard from one victim that she feared Storey was "untouchable" and said she had felt "used".

She said she found some of his sexual practices "painful and disgusting".

Advocate depute Paul Kearney told jurors that the Crown alleged that Storey had subjected women to emotional, verbal and physical abuse and that two victims were also sexually abused.

"You can be sure this was not three actresses who came to this court reading from an internal script," he said.

He pointed out that Storey maintained that the allegations were false and he never laid a finger on them.

But the prosecutor said there was "a clear course of conduct" over the physical abuse of victims.

Storey was found guilty of assaulting his first victim in 1989 at a house in the Borders. She was grabbed by the body and pushed out of the house and seized by the neck.

A second woman, now aged 46, was also assaulted at addresses in the region during the 1990s and Storey also tried to rape her.

She said she was shocked by what Storey was doing to her.

The woman said he was also physically abusive and would seize her by the neck and push her on the body.

She told the court: "I wasn't feeling very good about myself. I really stopped enjoying my life."

A third woman, now aged 41, was also subjected to abuse and violence which began in the 1990s and also suffered rape and indecent assault.

Storey was also found guilty of assaulting a two-year-old boy by shouting and grabbing him by his upper clothing.

Defence counsel Shelagh McCall said a background report would be required on Storey ahead of sentencing, given his lack of previous offending.

She asked the judge to allow him to remain on bail for the preparation of the report, but the move was rejected.

Storey was also placed on the sex offenders register.

'Deep regret'

Ch Supt Gill Imery, commander of the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division of Police Scotland, said it was a "matter of deep regret" that a police officer had "failed the very high standards of professional behaviour we expect as an organisation".

She said she had been able to call upon the specialist resources in the form of the Domestic Abuse Task Force to conduct a "thorough and sensitive investigation".

She said she wanted to reassure the public that Police Scotland took any report of domestic abuse seriously.

Det Ch Insp Sam McCluskey, of the Domestic Abuse Task Force, paid tribute to the courage of the women who came forward and reported Storey's crimes.

She said: "Storey targeted a number of women over a sustained period of time and we have placed those he abused at the heart of our approach.

"It took great strength to come forward and speak to the police about his offences.

"Some of the offences were not reported to the police at the time they were committed and came to our attention through a thorough investigation, which traced previous victims.

"I hope this case emphasises that regardless of who you are, domestic abuse is simply not acceptable, will not be tolerated and that the Domestic Abuse Task Force will bring you to justice by using every means possible to do so."

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