The UK’s Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations a serving male officer raped two female colleagues.
Three years after the allegations were made, a BBC investigation with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that the officer was not charged or suspended, but will face a misconduct hearing.
Both women were reportedly involved in ‘abusive’ relationships with the unnamed officer, before being introduced to each other by a mutual friend.
The BBC investigation says both women made separate allegations of physical and sexual assault in 2017, which were denied.
An investigation by Essex Police and the Crown Prosecution Service was then reportedly dropped in 2019 because of a lack of evidence.
One of the women, whose name was changed to ‘Holly’, by the BBC to protect her anonymity, told the broadcaster it was a ‘really bad investigation’ with poor evidence-gathering.
She claimed Essex Police ‘didn’t even finish taking all my allegations’ and did not arrest the suspect.
Last year, ‘Holly’ was awarded £17,100 in compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which said ‘police evidence indicates that you were a victim of sexual abuse’. Meanwhile, the other woman, ‘Kate’, whose name has also been changed, received £11,600 in compensation from the CICA, saying she had been raped and subjected to ‘serious physical abuse’.
Responding to the BBC, Essex Police said that, although they carried out lengthy inquiries, they accept ‘there were areas for improvement in the management of these investigations’.
The force added that the male officer was not arrested because ‘there was no immediate safeguarding concern due to the non-recent nature of the allegations and the lack of contact between suspect and victims’.
‘We take all allegations of domestic abuse extremely seriously and it is right and proper that the full circumstances of this case should be considered at a hearing.
‘We continue to offer welfare support and assistance to the victims in this case.’ The force concluded in a statement to the BBC.