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Police officer jailed for having sex with child rape victim

A police officer who had sex with a child rape victim he met online has been jailed for four years.

The serving Met Police officer has been jailed for four years Credit: PA

Pc James Evans, who worked in Ealing, exchanged dozens of "sex talk" messages with the vulnerable 15-year-old schoolgirl on the Tinder dating app.

Isleworth Crown Court heard she performed a sex act on him in his car, while he was driving her home from a session with child mental health services.

Despite the 26-year-old knowing she was under 16 and a rape victim, he later took her to his flat in Ruislip, west London, where they engaged in full intercourse.

Evans will be on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Before any sexual activity you knew she was a vulnerable young girl. Nevertheless, you allowed your own desire to overcome your better judgement.

The reason why Parliament and the public take this kind of offending so seriously is because the harm caused in these cases is incalculable.

You were a serving police officer and knew you were dealing with a young vulnerable girl - because of her previous sexual assault she was receiving mental health treatment at the time.

Her victim impact statement makes for sad reading, and I have no doubt this episode has caused her serious psychological harm.

– Judge Robin Johnson

The court heard the victim initially lied about her age, claiming she was 16, but told Evans she was only 15 and still at school before they had any sexual contact and even told him she was taking exams.

The abuse has had a "severe" effect on her and she has been taken to hospital a number of times since the incident after taking an overdose of sleeping pills, the court was told.