Rapist police officer given two life sentences

A FORMER Northumbria Police officer has been given two life sentences after being found guilty of raping vulnerable women he met while on duty.

Stephen Mitchell met the victims while based at Pilgrim Street police station in Newcastle, and over a period of seven years raped and indecently assaulted them.

At Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday Mr Justice Wilkie told Mitchell, 42, he would serve at least seven-and-a-half years in prison.

He said: “I’m satisfied that you are a manipulative and driven person and the fact you would not be a police officer would not significantly diminish the risk of harm you would pose to adult women, which is assessed in the pre-sentence report as high.”

Mitchell, who lived in Whitley Bay but was arrested in Glasgow, was convicted of two counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and six counts of misconduct in a public office.

The judge added: “So cowed and downtrodden by the experiences of life and by your influence with these seven different women, that they did not feel able to report what you had done until given the opportunity to by the police investigation into your activities years later.”

One of the offences took place in Seaton Delaval.