Policeman used role as domestic abuse specialist to seek out vulnerable women

Simon Salway joined the Hertfordshire force in 2003. Credit: Herts Police.

A policeman from Stevenage trained to help female victims of domestic abuse but who used his role to seek out vulnerable women for sex has been jailed for three years.

Simon Salway, 39, had sex with multiple victims and witnesses to crimes he was meant to be investigating. His actions eventually led to one of them getting pregnant.

The judge upon sentencing said he had ‘let down the entire force’.

"Police officers are in a special position of trust when dealing with such people and the public expect them to act with absolute integrity.

Judge Richard Foster

Mr Salway was married and worked for Hertfordshire Police based at Hatfield Station.

During the trial, the court heard he had had a full sexual relationship with two women, including one who gave birth to his child, and he had actively pursued three more, hoping to have sex with them.

At the trial at Luton Crown Court prosecutor Gregory Perrins told the court he was "opportunistic and saw every encounter with a young vulnerable woman as an opportunity for sex.”

Hertfordshire Police have said he had ‘betrayed’ the force and the public he was meant to protect.

"Simon Salway has betrayed the trust placed in him by Hertfordshire Constabulary and the public more widely in the most deplorable way and his sentence today reflects the seriousness of his actions.

Assistant Chief Constable Bill Jephson