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Ex Borders police officer Kevin Storey jailed over sex attacks

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

A former police officer convicted of sex attacks on two women and a string of assaults has been jailed for 12 years.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Kevin Storey had a long and honourable record of police service in the Scottish Borders and other parts of the UK.

But Paul Arthurson QC said: "Your appalling crimes render you a disgrace to your former uniform."

He was put on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

The judge also ordered that he should be kept under supervision for three years at the end of his sentence.

Storey, 48, formerly of Quarrydene, Melrose, was convicted of eight charges against three women and a child following a trial in November.

A jury found him guilty of rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and assault.

One victim told the court that she feared he was "untouchable" and spoke about him being in the Masons and a police officer.

The woman said she had felt "used" by Storey and found some of his sexual practices "painful and disgusting", the court heard.

Storey was found guilty of assaulting his first victim in 1989 at a house in Galashiels. 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 Borders town during the 1990s and Storey also tried to rape her.

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.

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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 Storey had been a serving police officer for 28 years but resigned following his conviction.

She said he had received five commendations, two relating to river rescues and one to stopping a suicide on a bridge.

She said he had been trained in public order matters and had been deployed at riots in Brixton.

Miss McCall said character references had been provided for Storey from members of the public, police support staff and retired officers.

The defence counsel said in a background report he recognised an alcohol problem but did not seek to use that as an excuse for his behaviour.

After sentencing, Ch Supt Gill Imery, commander of the Lothians and Borders division of Police Scotland, said the force treats all reports of domestic abuse with the "utmost seriousness".

She added: "Kevin Storey's complete contempt and disregard for his victims shows him to be a callous individual whose actions have fallen significantly short of the high standards of professional behaviour we expect as an organisation."

Det Ch Insp Sam McCluskey, of the domestic abuse task force, said Storey's victims showed "great strength" in reporting his offences.

She said: "Over the course of two decades Kevin Storey systematically targeted and abused various women and from the onset of our investigation, in addition to bringing them justice, their safety and wellbeing was at the heart of our approach.

"Each of his victims has shown great strength in coming forward to report the offences and had it not been for their courage, we may not have been able to fully comprehend the level of violence Storey was capable of.

"Today's sentence should send a very clear message that, whoever you are, domestic abuse is simply not acceptable and will not be tolerated."

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