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Former police officer charged with misconduct in public office over rape investigation

21/10/2013

Gaon Hart, Senior Crown Advocate in the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said: "I have carefully reviewed all of the evidence provided by the IPCC as a result of their investigation into PC Hannah Notley, a former Sexual Offences Trained Officer employed by Essex Police.

"It is alleged that between July 2011 and February 2012, PC Notley failed to properly investigate an allegation of rape and that she falsely informed her superiors and the victim that the CPS had decided to take no further action, when in fact the case had not been submitted to the CPS.

"I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is in the public interest to charge PC Notley with one count of misconduct in public office. This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"She will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 25 October 2013.

"Hannah Notley now stands charged with a criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."

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