Ex-Cleveland Police officer Wayne Scott guilty of rape

Wayne Scott, who was dismissed from the Cleveland force in 2012, had denied the charge

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A former Cleveland Police officer has been found guilty of rape.

Wayne Scott, who was dismissed from the force in October 2012, had denied the 2006 rape and attempted rape.

However, the jury at Newcastle Crown Court had heard that he had already admitted raping a different woman on seven occasions and sexually assaulting a child.

The 37-year-old, formerly of Stockton, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 23 December.

Scott, who joined the Cleveland force in August 2002, was arrested in August 2011 on suspicion of sexual assault and perverting the course of justice in relation to an incident which happened while he was on duty.

'Sexual predator'

He was suspended, and after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission he was dismissed in October 2012.

After the verdict Det Supt Peter McPhillips said in a statement: "Wayne Scott is a sexual predator who has been a disgrace to the office of constable, and deserves to be behind bars.

"The offences for which he has been convicted of today occurred off-duty but as a police officer he knew better than most the severity of his crimes.

"He was a disgrace to his uniform and there can be no place for people like him in the police service."

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