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Police officer sacked for 'sex with suspects'

A police officer has been sacked for subjecting female suspects and colleagues to inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Sergeant Richard Evans was dismissed after he was found to have had sexual contact with "vulnerable" women while they were in custody.

He also made inappropriate sexual comments to female officers over five years while based at Ystrad Mynach in South Wales.

Mr Evans was sacked for gross misconduct, Gwent Police said.

He was cleared at a trial last August of three counts of sexual assault and two of misconduct in public office.

But a disciplinary panel upheld 41 complaints against him - 32 of which related inappropriate sexual behaviour towards female detainees and colleagues.

Police chiefs yesterday branded the former officer's behaviour "disgraceful".

Gwent Police Deputy Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: "His immediate dismissal was the only appropriate course of action."

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