Harrogate police officer, 27, sexually assaulted a woman in a hotel room after pulling her out of bed by her hair
- PC Joseph McCabe, of North Yorks Police, sentenced for sexual assault in hotel
A police officer has been sentenced for sexually assaulting a woman after he pulled her out of her bed by her hair.
PC Joseph McCabe, 27, avoided prison as he was handed a six-month sentence, suspended for 24 months at York Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The Harrogate-based officer is currently suspended from duty, North Yorkshire Police said. The force added that an accelerated misconduct hearing ‘will now be considered at a future date’.
The court heard McCabe and the victim, who were known to each other, were sharing a hotel room following a social event last summer.
The victim described how, during the night, McCabe picked her up and put her on his bed, and stroked her arm.
She returned to her own bed, but later McCabe pulled her hair with such force she fell out of bed. He also shouted at the victim several times to get into bed with him.
PC Joseph McCabe (pictured) has been sentenced for sexually assaulting a woman after he pulled her out of her bed by her hair
McCabe, 27, avoided prison as he was handed a six-month sentence, suspended for 24 months at York Magistrates’ Court (pictured) yesterday
After the allegation came to light, McCabe was interviewed, and subsequently charged.
On top of the suspended sentence, McCabe, who denied the charges, was also given a three-year restraining order and required to complete rehabilitation programmes.
Following the verdict, Deputy Chief Constable Mabs Hussain said: ‘Our communities need to know that they can have complete trust in their police, and that we demand the highest level of integrity from our officers and staff.
‘McCabe’s disgraceful actions fell far below that standard. I commend the victim for her courage in coming forward so we could take action. I also hope the case sends a clear message that there is no place for this behaviour in policing – and that we will secure justice against perpetrators, no matter who they are.’
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