Friday, April 15, 2016

'Rotten to the core' police detective who had sex with domestic abuse victims and sent them sex texts is jailed for four years

A 'predatory' police officer who sent sex texts to vulnerable domestic abuse victims and had sex with two of them has been branded 'rotten to the core' as he was jailed for four years.

A court heard Detective Constable Michael McMillan, 32, abused his position in the Merseyside's Family Crime Investigation Unit by targeting the women for his 'sexual purposes'.

The 32-year-old married father of two pleaded guilty to seven offences of misconduct in public office and was today jailed for four years.

Liverpool Crown Court was told that McMillan targeted his seven victims when they were at their lowest point having first gained their trust.

Duncan Bould, prosecuting, told how his behaviour included bombarding his victims with hundreds of sex texts, sending them lewd photos and videos and asking for nude images in return.

He also recommended that no further action be taken against the ex-partner of a woman who would not send him pictures after he said he wanted to 'f***' her and he had sex with another victim after asking her to dress up for him.

The court heard on another occasion McMillan received a sex act from a woman while a junior colleague waited outside and later had sex with her three times.

On yet another occasion he received a sex act from a victim while completing a statement retracting her domestic violence complaint.

He also convinced an alleged attempted rape victim to retract her complaint against her wishes and then lied and claimed he had sought protection for her.

The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, told him: 'You used your position as a detective constable, specially trained in the handling of complaints of domestic violence and of its victims, to abuse that position in the worst way imaginable - for your sexual gratification in order to further and in some cases satisfy your apparent insatiable sexual appetite.

'All of these women were left with their confidence and trust in the police shattered. That confidence may never be regained.'

The judge said McMillan's actions in order to fulfil his 'predatory sexual urges' undid the hard work of professional colleagues in building bridges with victims.

'Even within baskets of the choicest fruits there may be found one rotten apple. You showed yourself in the so-called discharge of your duties as a police officer, in which you professed to to have taken pride, to be rotten to the core.'

McMillan, of Crosby, Merseyside, committed the offences between June 2011 and June 2014 and they came to light when a 17-year-old girl missing from home was found to have contacted him.

Mr Bould said police examined his phone and discovered a vast number of sexual texts and images.

McMillan told the victim of an alleged attempted rape that she looked attractive in a bikini in a photo on her attacker's phone, before sending pictures of his penis.

He later convinced her to retract her attempted rape allegation and she is now reluctant to contact police which she since regrets.

David Temkin, defending, said McMillan suffers from bipolar disorder and was under the care of a consultant psychiatrist.

He said his client was never threatening or violent towards the complainants but was ashamed and embarrassed by his behaviour.

Original report here

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