Peterborough police officer cleared of asking female witnesses for a ‘threesome’

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A police officer has been acquitted on two counts of misconduct in public office after it was claimed he asked two female witnesses for a “threesome.”

PC Symian Traer-Goffe, 45, who is based at Hampton Police Station, was found not guilty of one of the alleged offences this afternoon (November 26) following a trial at Luton Crown Court.

The other charge was discontinued yesterday following a direction by the judge.

The 45 year old married officer with the Cambridgeshire force gave evidence at Luton Crown Court. At the start of his trial last week, the officer had denied two separate misconduct charges concerning each of the women.

It had been alleged by the prosecution that the constable asked the women for “threesome” sex romps.

The jury has been told how the officer was based in Peterborough working on a uniformed intervention team that responded to calls from the public.

In June of last year, there was an incident of domestic abuse in the city which the team investigated.

Both the women, one in her 40s and the other in her 20s, were neighbours of the victim and were spoken to by the police and provided witness statements.

Mr Traer-Goffe was the officer in charge of the case and he would “check on” the victim as well as the two neighbours “to keep them up to date” on how the case was progressing.

The prosecutor claimed it soon became apparent to the officer that both the witnesses were “vulnerable” single women.

The court heard that at first the officer was said to have come across as friendly and someone who was easy to talk to but, as the weeks went by, his visits increased and, after learning that both women had body piercings, he would steer conversations with the women onto sexual matters.

He is also said to have told them about his own marriage problems.

The court was told that when the women decided they wanted to withdraw their statements, the policeman “bullied” them and would change the subject to sex.

The court heard that on the evening of September 24 last year Mr Traer-Goffe, in full police uniform, attended the home of the older woman witness to find the other woman present.

It was alleged that, in the lounge of the house, one woman lifted her top to show him her nipple ring and her friend dropped her pyjama bottoms.

Mr Traer-Goffe told a jury “I said words to the effect of ‘Put your breasts away’ and turned my head away.”

The officer said the woman then told her friend “Show him your piercings” and he said she first waved a photo at him that was on her mobile phone before she pulled down her pyjama bottoms.

Mr Traer-Goffe denied touching either woman or their piercings.

He said he didn’t tell anyone waat had happened, adding “I was embarrassed, I feared how it might look. With hindsight, I should have done.”

Days later, the women made a complaint to the officer’s police bosses about his behaviour and he was arrested.

Giving evidence, the officer was asked by his barrister Tyrone Smith QC if he was attracted to either woman or found them “sexy.”

“Absolutely not,” he replied.

He told the jury he was aware that before the evening of September 24, he knew of the women’s reluctance to assist the investigation.

Mr Traer-Goffe said that evening he had called to see them regarding the court case.

He said while talking to them, the subject of piercings came up and he made the comment “I have never seen anything like that.”

The officer said with that, the older woman then lifted her top to expose her breasts and then the other woman dropped her pyjama bottoms.

Five days later when he next saw the woman he said neither made any complaint to him that he had touched them.

Then, on October 6 last year, he said he had called to see them because there was to be a hearing the next day and again he said neither woman made any suggestion that he had touched them.

At the end of the prosecution’s case this week, trial judge Richard Foster directed the jury to acquit the officer of one charge concerning the older woman, who is in her mid 40s.

The jury then found the officer not guilty of the other charge.

PC Traer-Goffe is still suspended from duty pending consideration of police misconduct matters.

PC Traer-Goffe is due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (November 27) charged with common assault.