A police constable is facing a jail sentence after he admitted having sex with a crime victim in a disabled toilet at his station.
Pc Christopher Wilson sent the woman texts suggesting the tryst which said that being in a police station was “the naughty bit which makes it more exciting.“
The woman was at Launceston police station in Cornwall to report a crime when she was chatted up by the 43-year-old officer who asked if she wanted to “get in with a man in uniform.“
She followed him into the unisex disabled toilet where they engaged in sexual activity, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Wilson, of Saltash, East Cornwall, admitted misconduct in a public office at the police station on December 2 last year.
The full charge states: “He wilfully misconducted himself in a manner that it debased public trust by having sexual activity with a complainant to a criminal offence while on duty and responsible for the proper investigation of her allegation.”
Judge Timothy Rose told him he is likely to be sent straight to jail when he returns for sentence in January.
He said: ”You must understand that the most likely outcome of this case is an immediate prison sentence. Obviously, the court will consider other options but I don’t want to mislead you. You must come back realising that prison is very high on the agenda.”
Miss Susannah Stevens, defending, said Wilson had entered a basis of plea which said he had not expected the woman to follow him into the toilet but accepted acting improperly when she did.
She said: ”There is no dispute about his significant culpability in terms of the conversation before they went into the toilet or of his actions inside it.
“He says he went to the nearest toilet, which was a unisex disabled toilet and she came in. He fully accepts there was no justification for the sexual contact or that it happened at a police station with a member of the public.
“He should have just been taking a statement from her. He accepts he instigated the sexual comments. He accepts the behaviour was purely his responsibility in terms of the sexual conduct.
“He is a man of 43 and of good character.“
Judge Rose said Wilson’s account would not make a significant difference to the sentence, commenting that he is “in quite enough trouble as it is.“
He said: ”The case summary suggests Wilson started talking about inappropriate personal matters, which he seems to accept in his basis of plea should not have happened.
“He did make remarks about her being considering getting in with a man in uniform and suggesting she go into the toilet to have a bit of fun.
“She replied to that saying ‘Really? You are working in a police station’ and he said ‘that’s the naughty bit that makes it more exciting.
“The basis of plea essentially that he just went to the toilet, and imagine his surprise when she followed him in. He had an absolute duty to do the opposite of what he did.”
Mr James le Grys, prosecuting, said other messages were found in which Wilson discussed sex with another woman. He also sent sexual messages to the woman after she left the police station.
Wilson is currently suspended from duty with the Devon and Cornwall force.