Police officer, 40, used position to ‘forge’ sexual relationships with 12 vulnerable women

Derbyshire PC, 40, used his position to ‘forge’ sexual relationships with 12 vulnerable women who were ‘victims, witnesses or suspects’ in domestic abuse cases while colleague, 46, ‘had sex with one of them’, court hears

  • Two police officers are accused of sexual relationships with vulnerable women 
  • Daniel Nash, 40, from Derbyshire is alleged to have ‘pursued’ the 12 women 
  • Colleague Matthew Longmate, 46, faces one misconduct charge in court  

A former police officer used his position to ‘forge’ sexual relationships with a dozen vulnerable women, a court has heard. 

Daniel Nash, 40, faces 13 charges of misconduct in a public office while his former Derbyshire colleague PC Matthew Longmate, 46, faces one misconduct charge.

Nash allegedly ‘initiated and pursued’ sexual relationships with 12 women between January 2015 and December 2020.

Nash and PC Longmate are both accused of ‘engaging in sexual acts’ with the same woman on 4 October 2015.

Nash gave no indication of plea while PC Longmate indicated through his lawyer he would be entering a not guilty plea to the one misconduct charge he faces.

Nash and PC Longmate, both of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court wearing dark suits.

Former PC Daniel Nash, 40, pictured arriving at court, faces 13 charges of misconduct in a public office

Former PC Daniel Nash, 40, pictured arriving at court, faces 13 charges of misconduct in a public office

The first charge, jointly faced by both officers, reads: ‘Between 3 October 2015 and 5 October 2015 at Chesterfield while acting as a public officer, namely a police officer, wilfully and without reasonable excuse or justification misconducted yourself in a way which amounted to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder by engaging in sexual acts.

The rest of the charges, faced only by Nash, read: ‘While acting as a public officer, namely a police officer, wilfully and without reasonable excuse or justification misconducted yourself in a way which amounted to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder by initiating and pursuing a relationship.’

Prosecutor Jocelyn Ledward said: ‘The allegation against Mr Nash is that he used his position as a police officer to forge sexual relationships with a number of female members of the public or at least to seek to do so.

‘These were all women who he would have had only encountered as a result of his position as a police officer and his duties therein.

‘Many of the complainants would appear to have been either vulnerable generally or at a particular time in their lives, often as victims, witnesses, particularly in relation to domestic violence matters, or… suspects.

Former PC Matthew Longmate, 46, faces one misconduct charge at Westminster Magistrates Court

Former PC Matthew Longmate, 46, faces one misconduct charge at Westminster Magistrates Court 

‘The prosecution case is effectively he had been pursuing these relationships.

‘They range from effectively trying to kiss…through to conducting sexual relationships that went on sometimes for a number of years.’

The prosecutor explained that the joint misconduct charge alleges the two officers engaged in sexual acts with a drunken woman after she was kicked out of a nightclub on 4 October 2015.

District Judge Michael Snow granted the defendants bail ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing on 18 October at Southwark Crown Court.

He said: ‘Between now and then…you are prohibited from having any contact of any sort with each other.

‘Similarly, you are prohibited from contacting directly or indirectly each of the complaints named in the charge sheet.’

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