Monday, November 10, 2008

Police officer jailed for propositioning woman under arrest, sex on duty

A police officer who admitted having sex with one woman while on duty and propositioning another after she had been arrested was jailed for four months.

Pc Gary Bayldon, 48, who was married at the time, would visit one divorced mother at her home for sex while on late shifts.

He also asked the second woman to go the woods with him and caressed her hands while taking her fingerprints at the police station, a court heard.

Bayldon, from Newport, Isle of Wight, pleaded guilty to three counts of wilful misconduct in public office at Kingston Crown Court.

Kingston Crown Court heard that Bayldon met 34-year-old community care worker Donna Cacutt after she had called police to her home on the Isle of Wight when a man tried to take one of her children down the road.

Bayldon was the officer sent to the scene.

Bayldon then began phoning her and they began a relationship.

Barry Gregory, prosecuting, said: “In her words they started seeing each other quite regularly but never when he was off duty, always when he was on duty on the late shift."

Bayldon met the second woman, mother-of-two Suzanne Dunkling, 37, after being called out to a domestic incident involving her boyfriend at her home in October 2005, the court heard.

She was arrested and taken to the police station by Bayldon who told her “I think you’re f****** gorgeous”, said Mr Gregory.

Bayldon interviewed her and later had to take her fingerprints using an electronic machine, which he kept getting wrong.

Mr Gregory said: “He confessed to her ’I keep getting it wrong so I can keep touching you’.

“He had a wedding ring on and she said he shouldn’t be saying things like that because he was a married man. He was stroking and caressing her hand rather than holding it to the machine. It made her feel on edge and unsure of what to do.”

Bayldon later gave her a lift home in a police van, letting her sit in the front seat and smoke a cigarette.

During the journey he invited her to a forest “for a chat”, said Mr Gregory.

He added: “She said no because she knew full well he wanted her to go there for sex.

“He also asked to kiss her and leant across. She turned towards him and he kissed her. She said he used his tongue and she felt disgusted.

When Bayldon dropped her at home he told her “her children would be all right if she went out with him”

He asked her for her phone number and she gave him a false number.

Mr Gregory said Bayldon had taken “advantage of these reasonable vulnerable females by manipulating his position of authority.”

Bayldon had faced six other similar counts, with allegations including sex acts in a police vehicle and kissing a prosecution witness at a trial.

It was also claimed that he propositioned a woman after responding to a call for assistance, arresting her after she turned him down.

Bayldon, who was suspended from duty on full pay from Hampshire police, has been allowed to resign from his position.

He was facing a disciplinary hearing, which will now not take place. Bayldon will still be eligible to receive his pension from the police.

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