Merseyside police officers investigated over sex act claims

Two Merseyside police officers are being investigated over claims they abused their position to sexually exploit women.

A police sergeant is alleged to have threatened to arrest a woman unless she performed a sex act on him.

A detective constable is also accused of asking a victim of domestic violence to perform a similar act.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating both claims.

The sergeant who was on patrol in Liverpool at the time of the alleged incident is also being investigated over the handling of police property.

In the second investigation, the detective constable is also accused of contacting the victim in an inappropriate manner over a prolonged period of time.

The IPCC said both investigations will look at other potential victims and examine whether Merseyside Police has adequate systems to identify officers abusing their powers for sexual gratification.

Merseyside Police said it is "absolutely committed to the highest integrity and professional standards of its officers at all times."

"As the investigations are ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time."

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