South East Wales

Sgt Richard Evans cleared of sex in police custody suite

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Image caption Sgt Richard Evans denied all the charges against him

A police sergeant has been cleared of having sex with a female suspect in a custody suite.

Jurors at Cardiff Crown Court took just three hours to find Gwent Police officer Richard Evans, 46, not guilty of misconduct in a public office.

Mr Evans, from Pontypool, was also cleared of sex assaults on two other women while on duty at Ystrad Mynach police station near Caerphilly.

He denied all the charges and has been suspended since January 2013.

Mr Evans became a custody sergeant in November 2003 and was a police officer from 1986 until then.

He was accused of having sex with the woman suspect in a sluice room where toilet waste is disposed of at the police station.

"Quite flexible'

The woman told the week-long trial she had "just let it happen" and she found the attention "flattering".

A second woman alleged he had kissed and fondled her after she was arrested while a third claimed he had pulled a blanket off her while she was getting dressed so that he could see her breasts.

Mr Evans, who helped in the relief work after the 2004 tsunami in Asia, said he used humour with detainees.

His attitude to suspects was "quite flexible" and he used jokes to try to make them feel relaxed, he told the court.

He said: "My language might be seen as inappropriate and silly but it was to show police officers were not robotic and are approachable."

He was cleared of two charges of misconduct and three of sexual assault between 2003 and 2013.

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