Detective constable, 45, is charged with four counts of rape and child sex offences

Detective constable, 45, is charged with four counts of rape and child sex offences two years after force first received report on him

  • Police officer Stephen Hardy, 45, has been charged with four counts of rape  
  • Also thrice charged with causing girl over 13 to engage in sexual activity  
  • He is also accused of one count of causing a child to watch an image of a sexual act, five counts of sexual assault and three counts of assault by penetration
  • He is set to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on August 10

A detective constable has been charged with four counts of rape and multiple child sex offences, two years after the force received a report on him. 

Stephen Hardy, 45, who works for Greater Manchester Police at the force’s Stockport division, has been suspended. 

He has been charged with four counts of rape, two counts of causing/inciting a girl aged over 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of causing a girl aged over 13 to engage in sexual activity.

Stephen Hardy, 45, who works for Greater Manchester Police at the force's Stockport division, has been suspended

Stephen Hardy, 45, who works for Greater Manchester Police at the force’s Stockport division, has been suspended

He is also accused of one count of causing a child to watch an image of a sexual act, five counts of sexual assault and three counts of assault by penetration.

The officer is further charged with two counts of possession of extreme pornography and two counts of making/taking an indecent image of a child. 

He is set to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on August 10. 

Greater Manchester Police has confirmed the force received a report about Hardy in June 2020. 

Police officer charged with sexually assaulting two women on duty pleads not guilty 

A police officer who was charged with sexually assaulting two women while on duty has pleaded not guilty at a Crown Court hearing.

Oliver Dines, who was a serving constable with West Mercia Police, is accused of two counts of sexual assault by touching following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The 31-year-old is alleged to have committed the offences in October and November 2020 in Herefordshire.

The charges relate to two women he met through the course of his duties, the watchdog said.

An IOPC investigation began in December 2020 following a referral from West Mercia Police concerning Dines’ alleged conduct.

Dines, from Hereford, was granted unconditional bail after appearing at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday.

The court was also told that the trial, starting on November 20 2023, is expected to last for around four days.

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