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Former police officer sentenced for preying on domestic abuse victims for sexual gratification

11/04/2016

Michael McMillan, a former Merseyside police officer has been sentenced to four years' imprisonment for seven counts of misconduct in public office.

Mark Auty, Specialist Prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service, Special Crime Division, said: "Michael McMillan abused his position as a police officer by targeting seven domestic abuse victims for his own sexual gratification over a period of three years.

"His role should have been to support victims of domestic abuse who had already shown great courage in coming forward. Instead, he exploited their vulnerabilities and betrayed their trust.

"McMillan inundated the victims with indecent messages and photographs and in some instances, encouraged the victims to meet him and engage in sexual activity.

"Evidence including texts, Whatsapp messages and social media messages showed that he bombarded the victims almost immediately after first meeting them. One victim received over 900 text messages in 13 months.

"This case represents an appalling abuse of power but today's sentence proves that no-one is above the law."

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