Hertfordshire PC admits sexual relationship with victim
A married police officer who had a sexual relationship with a domestic violence victim has been given a suspended jail sentence.
PC Sam Floyd, 36, from Aylesbury, was investigating two burglaries at the 32-year-old woman's home when they met.
Luton Crown Court heard how the sexual relationship started after the investigation had ended.
The Hertfordshire police officer made a last-minute change to his plea. He admitted misconduct in a public office.
The court heard how police believed the burglaries had been carried out by the woman's former partner, who had abused her.
It was heard that the woman, who cannot be named, was deemed to be at a "high risk" of domestic violence.
The defendant had been appointed the investigating officer for both burglaries.
Prosecutor Martin Mulgrew said: "On his second visit to the woman... he was flirting with her and led her to believe he was attracted to her.
"In one text message he told her she was a 'very attractive lady' and an another said he wanted to 'smack her bottom'."
The prosecutor added: "The relationship developed into a full-blown sexual relationship.
"She reported his behaviour some months after the conclusion of the investigation."
Floyd, of Carnation Way, was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months.
He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours' unpaid work and told to pay £3,000 costs.
Mitigating, Kevin McCartney said: "The inappropriate contact was initiated by the complainant herself.
"He should have reported the contact to his sergeant and he should have come off the case."