Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rapist Abused Trust of Public

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rapist Abused Trust of Public

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY

HIDING behind his trusted police uniform, Mitchell began his campaign of intimidation, abuse and rape more than 10 years ago.

The rogue PC met his first victim in 1999 when he arrested her for obtaining property by deception.

The woman, a 21-year-old heroin addict who had a female partner, was forced to perform a sex act on him in return for him getting minor offences "taken into consideration" by the Crown Prosecution Service rather than individually charged.

He then began threatening to tell her partner what she had done and began blackmailing her into meeting him for the next six months. He was convicted of rape, indecent assault and misconduct in relation to her.

The second woman, a 21-year-old heroin addict, was arrested for shoplifting in April 2002. Over the next six months Mitchell would meet her regularly and kiss her and try to get her to engage in sexual activity. He was found guilty of misconduct.

Victim three was arrested in 2002 and Mitchell started flirting with her, telling her she should leave her boyfriend. He was convicted of misconduct.

Victim number four met Mitchell in November 2001, when she was 25 and a heroin addict. He told her he could get heroin for her, promised to help her get her children back from social services, then started demanding favours in return.

The woman said he went on to threaten to plant drugs at her home and said if she did not do as she said he would make sure her children were taken off her for ever. He then raped her.

The fifth woman was arrested for shoplifting when she was 27, in April 2002. After she was bailed he picked her up and paid her pounds 20 to have sex with him and told her if she got into any trouble he would try to help her. He was found guilty of misconduct.

The sixth woman was 20 when Mitchell arrested her for shoplifting at Eldon Square. …

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