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Former West Midlands Police officer who sexually assaulted two women on duty is jailed

PC Steve Walters Credit: West Midlands Police

A former West Midlands Police officer who sexually assaulted two women while on duty has been jailed for four years.

PC Steve Walters assaulted the two women on 8 February and 15 April last year. On one occasion, it took place in the back of a police patrol car and the other in her own home after she had dialled 999 asking for police assistance.

The 48-year-old appeared at Stafford Crown Court today (Oct 4) where he was handed a four-year prison sentence having already been dismissed from the force for gross misconduct.

Chief Constable Mr Thompson (pictured below) oversaw the special case hearing and apologised unreservedly on behalf of the force for PC Walters’ actions.

He said:

A police uniform should be a beacon of comfort and protection. PC Walters has engaged in criminal activity that has shocked me…in 26 years police service this is one of the worst violations of policing integrity I have ever seen.

People at a point where they needed our help were abused by this officer who used his uniform and power to enter people’s lives. I am deeply sorry for what has happened and apologise on behalf of the force.

– Chief Constable Mr Thompson
Chief Constable Mr Thompson oversaw the special case hearing Credit: Chief Constable Mr Thompson

PC Walters, from Swadlincote in Derbyshire, was on patrol in a marked police car on 8 February last year when he and a colleague offered a lift to a woman who was walking home from a night out.

During the five minute journey Walters – who was a front seat passenger – reached into the back and touched the woman’s thigh; she reported the incident the following day after confiding in a work colleague who is a former police officer.

He was also on duty and in uniform on 15 April when he attended the home address of a woman who’d reported her teenage son missing.

The schoolboy returned home but, as PC Walters moved to leave the house, he pushed his mum up against the hallway, kissed her and placed his hand inside her clothing.

PC Walters was arrested on 6 May and denied the allegations – but forensics experts found his DNA on the pants and vest of the woman he’d attacked in her own home.

He maintained his innocence, claiming the DNA evidence was as a result of sneezing near the woman, but on day one of trial at Stafford Crown Court on September 5 he entered guilty pleas.

In a prepared statement, PC Walters accepted his behaviour amounted to gross misconduct and apologised, saying he’d let everyone down and understood the consequences.