Devon

Former Devon police officer charged with rape

A police officer has been charged with raping a woman while he was on duty in Devon.

Pc Nicholas Stone, 40, has also been charged with three misconduct charges when he was serving with the Devon and Cornwall force between 1999 and 2001.

Pc Stone, of Pitminster near Taunton, Somerset, later transferred to the Avon and Somerset force.

He is due to appear before Exeter magistrates on 3 September.

Arrest 'threat'

A police spokesman said the officer had been suspended while the case goes through the courts.

Pc Stone had been due to appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Thursday, but was excused from appearing.

He was bailed in his absence and the case was adjourned until 3 September.

Pc Stone is charged with raping a woman at Tiverton, Devon, between 1 June and 31 July 2001.

He is also charged with two counts of misconduct by having sex with the same woman while on duty and assaulting her in 1999.

The officer is also accused of misconduct by threatening to arrest another woman if she did not do what he told her in 1999.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "We cannot comment on criminal proceedings while they are taking place."

Avon and Somerset Police said it would carry out an internal investigation. Any disciplinary action would come after the end of the criminal case.

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