Sunday 26 October 2014

Police officer jailed for sleeping with vulnerable women while on duty

Published 24/06/2014 | 13:23

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Langford struck up relationships with two women after being called to attend incidents at their homes

A police officer who seduced and slept with vulnerable women while on duty has been jailed for 18 months.

Ian Langford, 46, who served with West Mercia Police, struck up relationships with two women after being called to attend incidents at their homes.

Gloucester Crown Court heard married Langford would visit the women - who he was having relationships with at the same time - during his shifts.

The father-of-one's police radio was heard to go off during visits and he even called a police car to bring him back to the station, the court was told.

Langford's "totally unacceptable" actions led to a trial collapsing in court - as he was sleeping with the key prosecution witness.

He also illegally accessed police records to gain the contact details of one of his victims when she changed her phone number after their relationship ended.

Langford, of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, admitted two charges of misconduct in a public office for the relationships, which took place in 2012 and 2013.

In 2008, Langford was docked 13 days pay by West Mercia Police for sleeping with a vulnerable women after attending her home following a domestic violence incident.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Langford, who was supported in court by his new wife, that his actions had brought the police service into disrepute.

"You are not a man of good character because in 2008 you were reprimanded for committing a similar, if not identical, offence with another vulnerable woman," the judge said.

"If you needed reminding that such behaviour was totally unacceptable, that incident should have deterred you.

"However, in May 2012, you met up with one victim. She was the victim of domestic violence, as had been the victim in 2008.

"She was looking for the protection of the law and the understanding of the police. You chose to seduce her when she was at her most vulnerable.

"Later, when the affair had come to an end you misused police data to discover her private phone number."

The judge said Langford met with a second victim in June 2012, when in a relationship with the first woman, following a neighbourly dispute at her home, which resulted in a trial.

"The case was compromised when it came to trial because the defendant let it be known that you were having an affair with the prosecution witness," the judge said.

"As a result, the case had to be dropped, although a restraining order was imposed. Nothing could demonstrate better why police officers have to conduct themselves in a exemplary manner.

"Both your victims feel extremely let down by the police. You targeted women when they were at their most vulnerable. You carried out the affairs while actually on duty.

"Your behaviour has brought the police service into disrepute."

The judge sentenced Langford to nine months for each count of misconduct in a public office, to run consecutively - meaning a prison term of 18 months.

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