A police officer has admitted misconduct in a public office by engaging in sexual relationships with three women he met while on duty.
PC Darren Stephen Heath, 44, pleaded guilty to five counts of misconduct in a public office during a short hearing at Bristol Crown Court.
Three of the misconduct charges relate to sexual relationships Heath, of Taynton, Gloucester, had with three women between July 2002 and December 2013.
Heath, a police constable with Gloucestershire Police, also admitted misconduct by exposing himself to one of his victims between September 2012 and February 2013.
He pleaded guilty to “continually attending” the home of a woman under the guise of investigating an allegation her partner was harassing her in May 2012 to September 2012.
Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, adjourned the case to give Heath’s victims the opportunity to be present when he is sentenced.
“The sentence will be on March 27 and you will be released on bail on the existing conditions, which means you have to come back to court then,” the judge said.
Heath, wearing a green jacket, blue jeans and a blue v-neck sweater, was visibly shaking as 10 charges were read to him.
He denied two counts of rape, a charge of theft and two counts of misconduct in a public office relating to failing to report an alleged rape and illegally accessing the police information system.
Sarah Regan, prosecuting, said: “We are content to accept the pleas that have been offered in this case.
The first relationship took place between July 2002 and September 2002, while the second lasted from March 2008 to August 2008.
He repeatedly attended the home of a woman between May 2012 and September 2012. His third relationship took place between September 2012 and February 2013.
Ed Burgess, representing Heath, told the court: “It is not my application for a pre-sentence report. The defendant’s approach to this matter is wholly realistic.”
Heath was released on bail on the condition that he does not contact any of his victims. He will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on March 27.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police previously said: “The charges relate to several cases in which Mr Heath is alleged to have made inappropriate advances or formed sexual relationships with vulnerable women he met through his duties.
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