Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Claim Sergeant Abused Staff; POLICE BOSS WAS A BULLY AND SEX ATTACKER, COURT TOLD

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Claim Sergeant Abused Staff; POLICE BOSS WAS A BULLY AND SEX ATTACKER, COURT TOLD

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Byline: By GARRY WILLEY

A TYRANT police chief staged a campaign of crude sex attacks, a court heard.

David Roythorne was a sergeant in charge of the Northumbria force's mounted section at the Ponteland HQ.

Roythorne, 52, targeted both junior officers and civilian staff there in a campaign of indecent assaults, Newcastle Crown Court was told.

He touched one male constable's bottom and simulated sex acts with him, leaving the victim "sick to the stomach", claimed prosecutor Christopher Stables.

Roythorne staged a similar attack on a woman officer as she bent down to pick up her kit, it was claimed. The abuse also included the groping of a civilian worker, the jury heard.

"The defendant was, in short, a bully," Mr Stables said in his opening of the case.

"But apart from his bullying ways, the defendant behaved inappropriately in a sexual context.

"He would say and do inappropriate things and he displayed the worst examples of a lad-type culture. …

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