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Cleveland Police officer David Waller guilty of sex offences

David Waller Image copyright Cleveland Police
Image caption David Waller was described as a "sexual predator"

A former police officer has been convicted of a string of sex offences.

David Waller, was convicted of 10 charges including rape, sexual activity with a child, and misconduct in a public office, between 2004 and 2016.

Waller, who committed some of the offences while a PC with the Cleveland force from 2006 to 2010, denied the allegations at Teesside Crown Court.

The 34-year-old, of Autumn Grove, Stockton-on-Tees, has been jailed for 12 years.

The court heard there were six victims, aged between 13 and 18.

Waller was found guilty of one count of rape, two counts of sexual activity with a child.

'Truly appalling'

He was also convicted of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

He was cleared of one count of sexual assault, and earlier in the trial the judge directed jurors to formally acquit him of two counts of rape.

Judge Toby Hedworth QC described Waller as a "sexual predator."

He told him he had used his position as a police officer to "impress" underage girls and "pursue your interest in girls below the age of consent."

Speaking after sentencing, Supt Wendy Tinkler of Cleveland Police, described Waller's actions as "truly appalling".

"Waller used his position of trust within organisations in order to prey on young vulnerable girls," she said.

"He flattered and tricked these victims, grooming them in order to achieve the aim of satisfying his sexual needs without any thought for the impact.

"Despite being provided with opportunities to admit these offences, he has continually denied them, causing further anxiety to his victims by making them relive the abuse he subjected them to again in court, and I praise their courage and strength throughout the judicial process."

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