London, Nov 25 (ANI): A rapist policeman in Britain has finally been jailed after he attacked up to 30 women during a five-year reign of terror.
PC Stephen Mitchell, 42, assaulted drug addicts in the cells and interview rooms of a city-centre police station, knowing that if they complained they were unlikely to be believed, the Daily Mail reported.
One of them, a 19-year-old drug addict when he first struck, estimated she had been abused 100 times as he kept track of her using the police computer.Yet his colleagues ignored a series of warnings about his behaviour - some of them from his own wife. They were unaware that he had already stood trial for sex offences before he was recruited to the force.
He was eventually sacked in 2007 for having 'consensual' sex with one of his victims, only to be reinstated on appeal eight months later.
And when he was finally stopped, a senior detective with Northumbria Police offered him 'a get out of jail free card' if he agreed to resign. He refused, opting to take his chances in court.
Mitchell, a tall, muscular former soldier, was found guilty of two rapes, three indecent assaults and six charges of misconduct in a public office, involving a total of seven women.
He was cleared of three further rape charges, two indecent assaults and counts of misconduct involving another nine women. But police suspect he attacked at least a further 14.
Mitchell showed no emotion as the jury of six men and six women found him guilty at the end of a five-week trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
Justice Wilkie adjourned sentencing until January 11 but warned him he was considering an indeterminate jail term. (ANI)