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Hertfordshire PC Leigh Brightman denies child rape and 10 further charges

PC Leigh Brightman
Image caption PC Leigh Brightman is accused of raping a teenager

A police officer from Hertfordshire pleaded not guilty to rape and 10 other offences when he appeared in court.

PC Leigh Brightman, from Hitchin, appeared at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing.

The officer, 36, denied all charges, including one count of rape of a girl aged between 13 and 15 and four of misconduct in a public office.

He is also charged with making four and possessing two indecent photographs of a child.

His trial at the Old Bailey is scheduled to start on 20 July.

PC Brightman is currently suspended from the Hertfordshire force pending the outcome of the trial.

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