Policeman jailed after 'abusing his position of power' to have sex with women he met through work

Mail Online | 7/15/2019 | Joseph Laws For Mailonline
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A police officer was jailed for 28 months today after abusing his 'position of privilege and power'.

Married father-of-three Ben Murphy of Southport, Merseyside, made his way into the lives of vulnerable women - 'easy prey' - he met through his job.

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He ended up in sexual relationships with two of them and sent another woman a photograph of his genitals.

Murphy also targeted eight other women, whom he stopped for alleged speeding offences and then told them he would instead 'ticket' them for not wearing seat belts - even though they had been.

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Liverpool Crown Court heard that 36-year-old Murphy 'seemed to gain some sort of satisfaction' from such behaviour and gained the thanks of the victims who wrongly believed he was helping them.

This enabled him to feel able to contact them directly from his personal phone with a view to forming relationships and for 18 months he got away with it.

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In November 2017 a nurse, whom he wrongly gave a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, and then texted and rang, was so concerned that she contacted her MP and a police investigation began.

He used social media, including Facebook, to research his victims and had obtained some of their contact details from police documentation.

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His barrister Richard Orme said his offending had not involved 'gratuitous lascivious behaviour. It was lascivious behaviour in the context of a man having some form of mini mental breakdown.'

He said that Murphy, who has been sacked from the force, had had various stresses in his life including his five-year-old daughter being diagnosed with a serious incurable illness and a psychological report spoke of 'self-sabotaging' behaviour.

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Murphy pleaded guilty to ten offences of misconduct in public office and one of improper use of public electronic communications between October 2017 and July last year.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, told Murphy, whose...
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