Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Police Missed Warning Signs That Rapist Cop Was Dangerous Predator

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Police Missed Warning Signs That Rapist Cop Was Dangerous Predator

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Byline: Mike Blackburn Senior reporter

POLICE failed to act on numerous warning signs that rapist cop Wayne Scott was a dangerous sexual predator, a shocking internal police probe has found.

Among the "red flags" was Scott receiving love letters from 10-yearold girls, as well as giving them cuddles and taking them for ice cream.

He also asked women if they were interested in "the rape game" to gauge if he had a chance with them, and he discussed his sexual fantasies with other police staff.

But a "prevailing culture of indifference" prevented colleagues from challenging or reporting Scott's behaviour, said the investigation, which was supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). "It was just Wayne being Wayne," said his team when interviewed, "it's how he is", "he was a strange character".

Instead, Scott's "inappropriate sexualised behaviour was allowed to flourish throughout his career within Cleveland Police".

The disgraced former police constable, who served with Cleveland for more than a decade, was jailed for 19 years in December 2013 after he raped two women and sexually assaulted a child.

He was convicted of eight offences of rape, two common assaults, one sexual assault, one attempted rape and two charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Scott had pleaded guilty to most of the offences but went on trial in October 2013 after pleading not guilty to one of the rape offences and the attempted rape. A jury found him guilty of both.

The court heard Scott, from Stockton, who was married, offered money to a teenage girl in exchange for sex as well as sexually assaulting her.

After one sickening rape on one of his other victims he posted a status on his Facebook page stating: "Think today is going to be a good day" followed by a smiley face.

A further nine alleged victims of Scott were initially identified, but their cases did not make it to court for various reasons, including strength of evidence and reliability of witnesses.

Sentencing Scott at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge James Goss QC described him as "manipulative, controlling and domineering".

He said he believed he posed a serious risk to the public and told Scott he would serve 15 years in custody.

Today Cleveland Police has released the findings of two connected investigations into Scott, Operation Lysander/Operation Hector, led by Detective Chief Superintendent Peter McPhillips.

The red flags about Scott's behaviour "should have acted as an alert" to the force that Scott was "an individual of concern," said the report. But because of his colleagues' reluctance to report him "there was never an overarching intelligence picture pulled together to identify the danger Scott presented," it said.

The one time his behaviour was reported to his superior was over the love letters from 10-year-old girls - his supervisor took the letters away "and gave him some advice". …

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