Police officer accused of raping woman tells trial she consented and moaned with pleasure during sex


Police officer accused of raping a businesswoman a day after meeting her on Bumble tells trial she consented and moaned with pleasure during sex

  • PC David Longden-Thurgood, 48, is accused of raping woman he met on Bumble
  • Officer allegedly ‘wouldn’t take no for an answer’ after being invited to her home
  • The divorced father-of-three today accused the woman of telling a ‘blatant lie’
  • He insisted she ‘absolutely consented’ as he gave evidence in his own rape trial

A police officer accused of raping a businesswoman a day after meeting her on Bumble has told a trial that she consented and moaned with pleasure when they were having sex.

PC David Longden-Thurgood, 48, allegedly bragged about the size of his manhood and told the woman, in her 30s, that he was a ‘bit of a rebel off duty’ before they slept together at her Hampshire home in October 2020.

The Hampshire Constabulary officer is standing trial at Winchester Crown Court charged with a single count of rape.

But the divorced father-of-three said today that he feels ‘stitched up’ and accused the woman of telling a ‘blatant lie’ about their evening together.

He also became visibly emotional as he spoke of the moment he was arrested while working at Waterlooville Police Station, near Portsmouth. 

The court heard that the pair began exchanging sexualised messages on the app, before Longden-Thurgood sent her lewd selfies and spoke about having sex in his police uniform.

The officer, who has more than 20 years’ experience, also told the woman: ‘I’ll protect you for life, you will be my baby girl, I’ll look after you.’

After a day of messaging, the woman invited Longden-Thurgood to her home to get to know him and she consented to some kissing and sexual activity when it was instigated by the officer, the court heard.

She then invited him upstairs to spoon, but repeatedly told him ‘I don’t want sex’, a jury was told.

But after some consensual sexual activity, it is alleged that he raped her.

PC David Longden-Thurgood said today that he feels 'stitched up' and accused the woman of telling a 'blatant lie' about their evening together

PC David Longden-Thurgood said today that he feels ‘stitched up’ and accused the woman of telling a ‘blatant lie’ about their evening together

Rebecca Fairbairn, prosecuting, told the court that Longden-Thurgood was ‘not prepared to take no for an answer’.

But giving evidence in his own case today, the officer said the woman has ‘absolutely consented’ and that she ‘enjoyed’ the sex and moaned with pleasure.

He also said he is ‘old fashioned’ and that he was ‘respectful’ at all times, adding that she ‘absolutely consented’ to the sex. 

He said: ‘I missed having a family life and was trying to find someone to have a proper relationship with.

‘It was a secondary thing, the sex. It sounds old fashioned but it was more of a relationship that I was looking for.

‘The fact that she was sending sexual pictures was nice but I would have still been interested in her either way.

‘I was certainly quite happy to go round and just get to know her, which is why I suggested just going for a drink initially.

Longden-Thurgood said having sex with the woman was not his ‘sole intention’ adding: ‘I was following along the dirty talk. That’s the important thing for me, to have a relationship.

‘I would say I am [a protector] in the sense that I try to look after my family and my girlfriend or wife. It’s what I like, someone to look after. I was quite happy to go at her pace.’

The officer said he received a ‘formal and cold’ welcome from the woman when he first arrived at her home and she put on a TV show which he described as ‘ironic’ as it told the story of a man wrongly convicted of sexual offences.

He said the woman ‘was not chatty’, so he decided to kiss her while they were still downstairs to find out ‘if she was into me’.

The defendant continued: ‘As she took her bra off she said “I’m not having sex tonight, though”.

The officer (pictured) said he felt he had been 'stitched up' when he was arrested on suspicion of rape at his police station in Waterlooville, Hampshire

The officer (pictured) said he felt he had been ‘stitched up’ when he was arrested on suspicion of rape at his police station in Waterlooville, Hampshire

‘I said “yeah, that’s fine”. It was fine, at that point I was thinking we were not even going to talk to each other because it was not the good vibe it had been in the messages.

‘She seemed to be enjoying it, she was not saying don’t do that.

‘I went to undo her jeans and she said “woah”, so I stopped. She did say downstairs when I was with her “we’re not having sex tonight”, it was the second time she said it.’ 

Before the alleged rape, he said the woman invited him upstairs after he told her he was going to leave.

Longden-Thurgood added: ‘I was thinking ‘this is not really a great date’, we were very, very chatty and friendly in messages and then this was not like that when I got round there.

‘I thought maybe she’s not into me so I just said after I had been there for an hour “I’m going to make a move”. She got up and said “you don’t want to come upstairs and spoon?”‘

‘I followed her upstairs and she said “no funny business” and I said “OK, that’s fine”.

‘I thought that maybe we would go upstairs and have sex, I thought it was going to be more than spooning. She mentioned that her children were in bed.’

Longden-Thurgood also admitted that, despite the woman warning him three times that she didn’t want to have sex, he still believed they were going to.

He said: ‘I didn’t have any concerns [about consent], it just seemed to get to that position and flowed quite naturally. When we were kissing she didn’t say to me ‘I don’t want you to do this’.

‘I took my boxers off… She didn’t say anything about [not wanting sex]. The only time she said that to me was when we were downstairs. There was no comment about “I don’t want to have sex”.’

Longden-Thurgood is standing trial at Winchester Crown Court (pictured) charged with a single count of rape

Longden-Thurgood is standing trial at Winchester Crown Court (pictured) charged with a single count of rape

The officer said the woman was ‘enjoying’ the sex and moaned with pleasure, which she denies.

He told the court: ‘In my belief she was absolutely consenting to it. She got herself into [a sex] position and she didn’t look upset, and when I was on top of her she could have said at any point “I don’t want to do this”.

‘I don’t see any reason to think I wouldn’t have stopped if she wanted me to. I would not want to have sex with anyone if they were not participating and consenting to it.

‘I’m well aware of what consenting to having sex is and I didn’t just assume because of the messages that we were going to have sex. All along I was respectful with what she wanted to do.

‘For me, sex is about trying to get that person a nice time, I’m not selfish and I don’t just try and get out of it what I want, it’s a two-way thing – giving that person pleasure.’

The officer, who worked in a force control room, claimed the woman told him ‘I said I was not going to have sex with you’ in a ‘jokey’ way immediately afterwards.

But minutes later, she turned her back to him and was ‘stroppy’ and seemed ‘annoyed’, the court heard.

Longden-Thurgood said that, as he was leaving, she told him ‘you got what you wanted and that’s it, is it?’ 

He suggested that she had accused him of rape because she was ‘annoyed at herself that she allowed things to get carried away’.

In heated messages following their evening together, the woman criticised him and said ‘you really are something else’.

Longden-Thurgood said: ‘The penny had dropped that this was not a bit of a misreading of the situation, this was her spelling out that I raped her.

‘She said she had asked me to stop and I said “I can’t it feels too good” – that was a blatant lie.’

Longden-Thurgood also revealed that, the day before his trial started, he had met a policewoman for a date after matching with her on Tinder.

He added: ‘To say I’ve not had much luck on dating sites is a bit of an understatement.

‘The fact she was a police officer made me think what could go wrong?”

Longden-Thurgood said he faced a ‘dilemma’ as to whether to tell the policewoman during the date in Arundel, West Sussex, but brought it up by saying ‘you’ll never guess what happened to me?’

He said the woman ‘looked very shocked understandably’, but said they talked about it for the rest of the two hour date.

Longden-Thurgood denies a single count of rape.

The trial continues.

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