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BAILED: PC Dar­ren Heath A PO­LICE­MAN has ad­mit­ted mis­con­duct in a public of­fice by en­gag­ing in sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with three women he met while on duty.

PC Dar­ren Heath, 44, pleaded guilty to five counts of mis­con­duct in a public of­fice at Bris­tol Crown Court.

Three of the mis­con­duct charges re­late to sex­ual re­la­tion­ships Heath, of Tayn­ton, Glocs, had with three women be­tween July 2002 and De­cem­ber 2013.

Heath, a po­lice constable with Glouces­ter­shire Po­lice, also ad­mit­ted mis­con­duct by ex­pos­ing him­self to one of his vic­tims be­tween Septem­ber 2012 and Fe­bru­ary 2013.

He pleaded guilty to “con­tin­u­ally at­tend­ing” the home of a woman un­der the guise of in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­le­ga­tion her part­ner was ha­rass­ing her in May 2012 to Septem­ber 2012.

Judge Neil Ford QC ad­journed the case and re­leased Heath on bail un­til March 27, to give his vic­tims the op­por­tu­nity to be present when he is sen­tenced.

Heath had de­nied two counts of rape, a charge of theft and two counts of mis­con­duct in a public of­fice re­lat­ing to fail­ing to re­port an al­leged rape and il­le­gally ac­cess­ing the po­lice in­for­ma­tion sys­tem.

Sarah Re­gan, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “We are con­tent to ac­cept the pleas that have been of­fered in this case.

“I will be ask­ing that the re­main­ing counts lie on file.”

The first re­la­tion­ship took place be­tween July 2002 and Septem­ber 2002, while the sec­ond lasted from March 2008 to Au­gust 2008.

He re­peat­edly at­tended the home of a woman be­tween May 2012 and Septem­ber 2012. His third re­la­tion­ship took place be­tween Septem­ber 2012 and Fe­bru­ary 2013.

Ed Burgess, rep­re­sent­ing Heath, told the court: “It is not my ap­pli­ca­tion for a pre-sen­tence re­port. The de­fen­dant’s ap­proach to this mat­ter is wholly re­al­is­tic.”

A spokesman for Glouces­ter­shire Po­lice pre­vi­ously said: “The charges re­late to sev­eral cases in which Mr Heath is al­leged to have made in­ap­pro­pri­ate ad­vances or formed sex­ual re­la­tion­ships with vul­ner­a­ble women he met through his du­ties.

“Glouces­ter­shire Con­stab­u­lary’s Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Depart­ment be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a com­plaint against PC Heath in 2012 and he was suspended from all du­ties in early 2014.”

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