COP ‘MADE GIRL, 17, PER­FORM SEX ACT IN PA­TROL CAR’

He asked teen vic­tim how many boys she’d slept with, court told

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By RICHARD VERNALLS news@sun­daysport.co.uk

A UNI­FORMED cop forced a 17-year-old to give him oral sex in a pa­trol car af­ter the vic­tim had been kicked out of her house, a court heard yes­ter­day.

De­clan Gabriel, an of­fi­cer with Northamp­ton­shire Po­lice, claimed the teen made a grab for his crotch as he ad­justed his un­der­pants at the road­side in the early hours.

But prose­cu­tors said the 28-year-old con­cocted a “fan­ci­ful ac­count” to ex­plain his be­hav­iour in Septem­ber 2015.

A few hours into his night shift, Gabriel was called to an in­ci­dent in Northamp­ton, where he picked up the vul­ner­a­ble young­ster and took her to the po­lice sta­tion.

But rather than find her a safe place, he drove her around in his un­marked car for two hours when it is al­leged he orally raped and also twice sex­u­ally as­saulted the girl.

Pros­e­cu­tor Matthew Lowe told Northamp­ton Crown Court: “We say he has taken ad­van­tage, not sim­ply of his role as a po­lice of­fi­cer, but of the po­si­tion he found him­self in on that morn­ing with that 17-year-old girl.

“When in­ter­viewed he’s come up with a fan­ci­ful ac­count to ex­plain away what he feared, be­cause of the re­sult of sci­en­tific ex­am­i­na­tion.”

Gabriel was ini­tially “re­ally nice”, ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim, ask­ing if she was cold and telling her to sit in his Ford Fo­cus.

He drove her to his po­lice sta­tion, leav­ing the girl in the ve­hi­cle be­fore re­turn­ing to chat.

In an in­ter­view, she said: “He was ask­ing me about boys, how many peo­ple I’d slept with, how long was it af­ter I’d met them did I sleep with them.”

She added she thought it was “just his way”.

Mr Lowe added: “He went on to boast he’d slept with some­one af­ter only 10 min­utes of meet­ing them.”

Gabriel also asked for her Twit­ter name and then fol­lowed her from his of­fi­cial po­lice work ac­count.

In or­der to find a place to stay that night, the vic­tim asked Gabriel to drive to a friend’s ad­dress with her in the pas­sen­ger seat.

Mr Lowe said Gabriel “took a cir­cuitous route” then slowly drove past the house with­out stop­ping.

Crotch

The of­fi­cer then parked in a layby and there, said Mr Lowe: “The de­fen­dant reached over, grabbed her hand, putting it on his crotch area over his pe­nis.

He added: “This was some­thing that hap­pened to her com­pletely out of the blue, from some­body sup­posed to be pro­tect­ing her.”

Again, Gabriel drove the girl past the friend’s home but did not stop, in­stead driv­ing into the coun­try­side some dis­tance from his op­er­a­tional patch.

He parked in a gate­way where it is al­leged he again took his vic­tim’s hand and placed it over the crotch of his trousers, “but this time things went fur­ther” added Mr Lowe.

He is then ac­cused of a rap­ing his vic­tim by “co­erc­ing her into giv­ing him oral sex” as he sat in the driver’s seat.

Gabriel then took the girl back to her friend’s home and left her there.

The teenager later told friends but said Gabriel’s job was “im­por­tant” and she did not want to get him in trou­ble.

When he was ar­rested, Gabriel told po­lice they had a sex­ual con­ver­sa­tion but “just talked”.

Parked in the gate­way, Mr Lowe said Gabriel claimed he pushed away the girl af­ter she grabbed him when he par­tially un­did his trousers to ad­just his un­der­wear.

Gabriel, who is sus­pended, de­nies the charges and one count of mis­con­duct in a pub­lic of­fice.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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