Pc offered sex in place of motoring offences
- 15 June 2010
- From the section South West Wales
A traffic police officer has been jailed for having sex with female drivers in exchange for excusing their motoring offences.
Jamie Slater, 33, of Port Talbot, was sentenced to three and a half years at Cardiff Crown Court for misconduct while in public office.
He contacted the women after stopping them and offered to let them off if they had sex with him.
Slater was dismissed from South Wales Police in December.
The court heard how the South Wales Police officer used the police national computer to access personal data on his victims.
The married father-of-two stopped six women for minor motoring offences and requested their mobile phone numbers.
He later sent the women drivers text messages asking them to meet him for sex. The court heard Slater harassed women who refused to meet him.
Peter Davies, prosecuting, said all Slater's victims had felt powerless to complain because he was a police officer in uniform.
He told the court how one woman was driving with only a provisional licence when Slater asked her to stop.
He said: "He told her he would have to retain and impound the motor car she was driving.
"This caused her to be upset and she began crying."
She agreed to give Slater her number so her car was not impounded.
The court heard they began an affair and once met for sex while Slater was on duty and he received an emergency call on the police radio.
He then took part in a pursuit while the woman was hiding in his patrol car, the court was told.
Mr Davies added that when the woman's husband found out about the affair, Slater looked him up on the police database and sent him taunting texts.
Another victim was pulled over for jumping a red light and was also asked to give Slater her phone number. He later used the number to send her graphic text messages.
Mr Davies said: "She was left scared and upset and said she will never get into a police vehicle again, having lost faith in the police force."
Sentencing Slater, Mr Justice Lloyd Jones said he acted in "a particularly predatory manner."
He added: "These offences were deeply stressful to the victims.
"They felt powerless because you were a police officer.
"Your activities have caused immense damage to the public confidence to South Wales Police."
Tom Crowther, defending, said Slater was full of remorse for his actions.
He said: "It was his long-standing ambition to be a police officer and the fulfilment of a dream."
Slater earlier admitted eight charges of misconduct in public office relating to eight different women.
Tom Davies, Independent Police Complaints Commissioner for Wales, reassured the public this was a rare case.
He said: "Slater was a disgrace to all who work for the police service and abused the position of trust a serving police officer is given."
He added: "Slater was a rotten apple and acted alone."