PC Stephen Mitchell cleared of seven charges

A POLICE officer accused of raping and sexually abusing vulnerable women was cleared of seven of the 26 charges he faces today.

A POLICE officer accused of raping and sexually abusing vulnerable women was cleared of seven of the 26 charges he faces today.

Pc Stephen Mitchell, 42, was found not guilty of three counts of rape, two of indecent assault and two of misconduct in a public office.

The jury at Newcastle Crown Court is continuing its deliberations on a further two counts of rape, four of indecent assault and 13 of misconduct.

After three days of deliberation the jury was told by Mr Justice Wilkie he would accept majority verdicts on the remaining charges.

The Northumbria Police officer, 42, formerly of Whitley Bay, was accused of five counts of rape, six of indecent assault and 15 of misconduct in public office.

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