Merseyside Police officer 'acted like sex predator'

A police officer acted like a "sexual predator" in pursuing women he met in the course of his job, a court heard.

PC John Alan Forrester, 40, took advantage of women he came into contact with while on duty in north Liverpool, jurors at Liverpool Crown Court heard.

He denies four counts of misconduct in a public office and eight counts of breaching data protection laws.

Prosecutors say in one case the PC repeatedly contacted a woman after she refused to show him her breasts.

Duncan Bould, prosecuting, said: "The prosecution say there is a theme which runs through each of these 12 charges.

'Abuse of trust'

"In short, we say that he has used his professional position as a policeman to take advantage of females with whom he came into contact while doing his job."

He added: "His behaviour, we say, amounts to an abuse of the public's trust placed in him as a policeman.

"This is the kind of behaviour that, were he not a serving police officer, all right minded people would think were the actions of a sexual predator."

The jury of six men and six women heard that the first victim, Woman A, alleged Mr Forrester took advantage of her while she was drunk, after dealing with an incident at her home in October 2008.

Mr Bould said the woman claimed the officer returned to her house early the next morning and "flirted" with her before kissing her, touching her sexually and then getting her to perform oral sex on him.

It is also alleged the PC later used a police computer to look up her personal information "for no good reason".

Accessed information

Woman B first came into contact with Mr Forrester in July 2009 after a criminal damage incident.

It is alleged he made "personal comments" about her breasts when they were alone and asked if he could feel them.

Woman B refused and Mr Forrester continued to pester her.

The jury heard that Woman C, a prostitute, showed him her breasts in the back of a police car after he told her he would like to "get a grip of them".

Woman C said the defendant did not touch her but he returned months later and was recorded by his police car's on-board computer talking to her.

Mr Bould said: "He can be heard saying at one stage that he will 'never forget her breasts'."

It is also alleged that Mr Forrester inappropriately accessed police computer files to get personal information about two other women.

The trial continues.

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