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PC jailed for turning up in police uniform to homes of ‘vulnerable’ women to have sex with them

A policeman who dressed in full uniform to go into the homes of 'vulnerable' women he was investigating and tried to have sex with them has been jaile

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A policeman who dressed in full uniform to go into the homes of ‘vulnerable’ women he was investigating and tried to have sex with them has been jailed for three years and six months.

Father-of-one Oliver Perry-Smith, 38, from Newbury, Berkshire, had been an officer with Thames Valley Police since 2009, during which time he had repeatedly targeted women he met while on duty.

Now sacked, Perry-Smith sat wearing a black shirt and tie in the dock at Reading Crown Court on Friday and often began to shake violently as he heard the details of how he targeted six women.

Perry-Smith, of Denman Drive, Newbury, pleaded guilty to three counts of misconduct in a public office as well as two counts of misusing a police computer, all of which took place between September 2015 and November 2019. 

Prosecutor Isabel Delamere told Reading Crown Court on Friday that on one occasion Perry-Smith had used Thames Valley Police’s intelligence system to look up details of a woman he was investigating, including child protection reports and missing persons reports.

The prosecutor said: ‘Each lady was vulnerable due to their personal circumstances and they are different in each case.

‘They could be vulnerable due to their contact with the police, they were potentially witnesses or appropriate adults for children who were under investigation.

‘There was a clear and obvious imbalance of power that was either actual or perceived.’

PC Oliver Perry-Smith, 38, from Newbury, Berkshire, who dressed in full uniform to go into the homes of 'vulnerable' women and tried to have sex with them, has been jailed for three years and six months after pleading guilty to three counts of misconduct in a public office as well as two counts of misusing a police computer, all of which took place between September 2015 and November 2019

PC Oliver Perry-Smith, 38, from Newbury, Berkshire, who dressed in full uniform to go into the homes of 'vulnerable' women and tried to have sex with them, has been jailed for three years and six months after pleading guilty to three counts of misconduct in a public office as well as two counts of misusing a police computer, all of which took place between September 2015 and November 2019

PC Oliver Perry-Smith, 38, from Newbury, Berkshire, who dressed in full uniform to go into the homes of ‘vulnerable’ women and tried to have sex with them, has been jailed for three years and six months after pleading guilty to three counts of misconduct in a public office as well as two counts of misusing a police computer, all of which took place between September 2015 and November 2019

Prosecutor Delamere told the court that the officer had first encountered one of his victims (named as Ms H) when he parked up next to her at a Pound Stretchers shop. He later searched her car number plate on the Police National Computer and then went to her home.

She said: ‘There was no policing reason to contact that individual. That evening PC Perry-Smith buzzed on Ms H’s second floor flat and said he was from Thames Valley Police.’

Delemere continued: ‘Ms H said he seemed shocked to find she was not alone, she had her young son with her. He told her to shut the door and he was in full uniform. He told her he was there because of a strong smell of cannabis coming from her block.

‘She asked PC Perry-Smith is she had seen him somewhere before and she remembered seeing him the car park. He seemed to go red and start shaking.

‘Ms H noticed his radio was off and there were a number of badges missing from his uniform. She began to worry he was not a real police officer.

‘The woman said it seemed dramatic but she worried that he might kill or rape her and no-one knew he was there apart from her son.’

The court heard that Ms H managed to get Perry-Smith out of her house without any sexual relations, however the prosecutor said that on other occasions the officer had consensual sexual relations with the women, some of whom he was investigating after their arrest. 

The misconduct by Perry-Smith was identified in an investigation carried out by the police’s independent watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

The watchdog found that the women Perry-Smith targeted had all been in vulnerable positions either because they were subject to a police complaint requiring investigation, or were victims, witnesses or acting as appropriate adults for young victims of crime.

His actions came to light in late 2019 when a woman called police after Perry-Smith, who had previously attended the home of her friend, then sent an indecent image by text.

The watchdog found that the officer had also looked up details for her and her family on the police computer system.

PC Perry-Smith’s patch as a policeman covered 2,200 square miles across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. 

At Reading Crown Court on Friday, High Court judge Mr Justice Bryan, heard that on another occasion the officer had told one of the women she was ‘fit as f**k’ while he told another woman ‘you can touch it if you want.’

The disgraced policeman has since married the woman he was in a relationship with throughout his offending. 

The court also heard that the officer had even received specific training on how police officers should not use their power to engage in sexual relationships with members of the public. However he continued to target the women.

Prosecutor Isabel Delamere told Reading Crown Court (pictured) on Friday that on one occasion Perry-Smith had used Thames Valley Police's intelligence system to look up details of a woman he was investigating, including child protection reports and missing persons reports

Prosecutor Isabel Delamere told Reading Crown Court (pictured) on Friday that on one occasion Perry-Smith had used Thames Valley Police's intelligence system to look up details of a woman he was investigating, including child protection reports and missing persons reports

Prosecutor Isabel Delamere told Reading Crown Court (pictured) on Friday that on one occasion Perry-Smith had used Thames Valley Police’s intelligence system to look up details of a woman he was investigating, including child protection reports and missing persons reports

In a victim personal impact statement, one of the victims said: ‘I would not expect a police officer to behave in that way. If he was prepared to go that far, who is to say that he would not go further.

‘I began to doubt myself because it seemed unreal, it is like a nightmare. I had to explain to my son that not all police officers are good people. A child should be able to look at the police and feel safe, I feel let down.’

One woman added: ‘He came here [my house] for a purpose, I knew he had intended this and that he had prepared this,’ while another said PC-Perry-Smith had ‘used her like a toy.’

During one statement that was read out by one of his victims, who described how the officer would repeatedly drive past her house, PC Perry-Smith deliberately did not look at the woman before leaning back in his chair with his arms folded, apparently bored.

PC Oliver Perry-Smith was at one mother’s house after she had reported her son’s phone stolen when he began to be flirty and on the way out of the building, the 38-year-old – who was in full uniform – told her: ‘I don’t know what it is about you but I so want to f**k you right now.’ 

Defence barrister Ailsa Williamson told the court that Perry-Smith was remorseful for his actions and had been an officer who had carried out excellent police work.

She added that experts had suggested the officer could have some form of sex addiction.

Sentencing Perry-Smith, who yawned during the sentencing remarks, Mr Justice Bryan said: ‘This was a sustained catalogue of misconduct in a public office and abuse of your position for your own sexual gratification.

‘This resulted in lasting harm to the victims and to the police through the loss of trust in the service.’

IOPC regional director Graham Beesley paid tribute to the courage of all the women who came forward to help with the investigation.

He said: ‘Perry-Smith was a sexual predator and his conduct caused significant distress to the women involved.

‘He was prolific in the abuse of his position over a five-year period and his acts were intentional, deliberate, targeted and planned.

‘His actions were often at the expense of his formal policing duties.’

He said Perry-Smith’s actions had ‘seriously undermined the good work of the large majority of police officers who professionally serve the public on a daily basis’.

Senior crown prosecutor Charles White of the Crown Prosecution Service said Perry-Smith had taken ‘advantage of his privileged position and access to police resources to pursue several women over a few years’.

He said: ‘He knowingly breached police policy when he made personal visits while on duty.

‘He seemed to think that by lying to his superiors and using his duties as an excuse, he’d be immune to the consequences of his actions.

‘Today’s sentence proves no one is above the law, including those meant to uphold it.

‘Perry-Smith abused his power, broke public trust, and made many women feel uncomfortable or unsafe in his inappropriate pursuit of them.

‘I hope today’s sentence brings those women a sense of justice.’

The IOPC said he will also be placed on the barred list preventing future employment within the police service.

Thames Valley police Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg said: ‘Former Pc Oliver Perry-Smith abused his position of power as a police officer and has rightly been punished for his disgraceful, criminal actions.

‘We took robust action by referring his case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct as well as carrying out our own misconduct procedures.’

He added he is ‘pleased’ Perry-Smith ‘has faced justice for his actions and is no longer part of Thames Valley Police’.

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