Police officer ‘flirted with vulnerable woman and asked her for threesome’

A vulnerable woman was left “sick and confused” after a uniformed police officer allegedly flirted with her and asked for a threesome, a misconduct hearing heard.

The woman, known only as Miss A, told the hearing PC Darren Booth wanted to meet up “on a regular basis to have sex”.

The PC, who has been an officer for 14 years, is alleged to have told her: “And if you could get someone else involved it would be even better.”

She claimed he arranged to meet her after one of his shifts before she reported his behaviour to 101.

The PC denies the allegations.

At a misconduct hearing, which opened on Monday at Wakefield, the panel heard how PC Booth had been called to reports of anti-social behaviour in March.

Miss A, and a friend named as Miss B, were part of a group of street drinkers and drug users in Castlefield Town Centre.

She told the hearing PC Booth began asking her about her ex-partners as Miss B was being interviewed by his colleague.

Miss A said this started with "banter" as he told her she "deserved better" and that "I was too good for them".

"He was flirting," she claimed.

Miss A said: "He was asking to meet up with me that night when he finished his shift."

She said: "He basically said he wanted to meet up on a regular basis for sex and if you can get someone else involved it would be even better."

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The hearing heard she told a police sergeant on the night: "He asked if there was anyone else I could get for a threesome."

Miss A told the panel that she agreed to meet PC Booth later because she wanted him to be caught.

"A copper should not be trying it on with me like that," she said.

Asked how she was feeling at that time, Miss A told the hearing: "Sick and confused, to be honest.

"Why would a copper want to get involved with someone like me?

"It's just not normal, is it?"

Miss A described how she met PC Booth in a club car park before going to the flat in Glasshoughton she shared with Miss B.

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She said that, at the flat, the officer made further inappropriate comments and asked her for a kiss before his colleagues arrived.

Miss A said the officer told her he was married with children.

In an interview she said he told her: "I'm out of uniform now anyway so I'm not really doing anything wrong."

PC Booth, who denies the allegations, says he went to her flat to get intelligence on counterfeit cigarettes and wanted men.

Nicholas Walker, representing PC Booth, said to Miss A: "You set this officer up, didn't up?"

She said: "Why would I want to set a copper up? He needed to be caught."

Mr Walker said: "Did you think you'd get money from this?"

Miss A said: "No, it never entered my head.

"I want him to be found out for what he is."

She agreed she was an alcoholic who had a criminal record dating back more than 16 years featuring 56 separate offences, relating to 27 incidents, including one for assaulting a police officer.

Opening the case for West Yorkshire Police professional standards department, Claire Watson, said PC Booth's misconduct had caused Miss A anxiety and left her "shocked and disgusted".

Ms Watson said PC Booth gave no explanation to his colleagues when they found him at the flat and had made no record of anything to do with the meeting or any intelligence gained.

PC Booth denies all the accusations against him and is expected to give evidence on Tuesday.

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