Northumbria Police officer's rape crimes 'despicable'
Northumbria Police has apologised after one its officers was convicted of two charges of rape and three indecent assaults involving vulnerable women he met while on duty.
During verdicts given over three days, Pc Stephen Mitchell, from Glasgow, was also convicted of six counts of misconduct in a public office.
He was cleared of nine counts of misconduct in public office, three of indecent assault and three of rape.
The 42-year-old was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 11 January.
Dep Chief Constable Jim Campbell described Mitchell's crimes as "despicable", saying that there was "no place in the police service for such evil".
24 Nov 2010