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UK: Police detective faces jai

Detective Constable John Richmond, 53, visited the 45-year old at home after she took a drugs overdose on December 7, 2008.

The woman, from Harlesden, north west London, had discharged herself from nearby Central Middlesex Hospital just a day earlier.

Shortly after the tryst, she reported the Metropolitan Police detective, who was working for the Missing Persons Unit based at Kilburn Police Station.

She initially claimed she DC Richmond raped her but the charge was later dropped on the basis that there was not enough evidence to prove the liaison was not consensual.

Instead DC Richmond, of Amersham, Buckinghamshire, was charged with Misconduct in a Public Office following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Tim Hunter, prosecuting, told Southwark Crown Court: "The mischief of the matter is he was acting in an official capacity. She was plainly vulnerable and he should not have been doing what he was doing."

Bridget Petherbridge, defending, said her client had pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office.

But he maintains that "sexual intercourse was instigated" by the woman and he did not know how vulnerable she was, she added.

Judge Gregory Stone QC said the case was clearly "very sensitive".

"I appreciate he says he wasn't aware, but she had taken an overdose," he said. "She had been in hospital."

DC Richmond was granted bail before he is sentenced on June 25.

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