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PC Matthew Fisher found guilty of sexual assault

Matthew Daniel Fisher
Image caption Matthew Daniel Fisher was found guilty of sexually assaulting two women while on duty

A North Yorkshire police officer has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two women while on duty.

Matthew Fisher, 37, of York Road, Selby, also admitted two charges of misconduct in a public office relating to sexual activity on duty.

The judge at Hull Crown Court warned Fisher that he faced jail when he returns for sentencing on 3 May.

Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said Fisher had "brought disgrace on the office of constable".

During Fisher's trial at Hull Crown Court, jurors heard the twice-married officer would meet women while he was on patrol in the Selby area and flirt with them, often offering his sexual services in their own homes.

Some of the sexual contact was consensual, Simon Waley, prosecuting, told the court, while other acts were not.

The court heard that Fisher took a woman home in his police van and grabbed her hand, placing it on his groin, but she swore and pulled her hand away.

'Abused authority'

Another victim met him after police received reports of a minor incident. Jurors heard how, after going round to her home, Fisher made sexual comments and looked down her top.

On another occasion he grabbed her hand, placing it on his groin.

Fisher was also found guilty of a third charge of misconduct in a public office for using a police computer to look up details of women.

But the jury found him not guilty of two further counts, the attempted rape and sexual assault of a woman who he was called to help after she reported being assaulted by her partner.

Ordering Fisher to be held in custody until he was sentenced, Judge Michael Mettyear said: "Matters which you have been found guilty and matters you've pleaded guilty to are so serious only custody can be justified."

Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: "He abused his position of authority for the sake of his own gratification. This behaviour is completely unacceptable and I congratulate the investigation team who secured the convictions."

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