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Selby Police Officer Found Guilty of Three Counts of Sexually Assaulting Women


3:29pm 24th April 2013
(Updated 4:16pm 24th April 2013)

A North Yorkshire police officer from Selby's been found guilty on three charges of sexually assaulting women relating to two victims.

Matthew Daniel Fisher of York Road in the town was found not guilty on a fourth sexual assault charge and also cleared of attempted rape both in relation to a third woman.

He had earlier been convicted of three counts of misconduct in a public office, two of which he admitted.

Fisher has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.

Senior North Yorkshire Police officers have condemned Fisher's behaviour.

Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said:

Daniel Fisher has brought disgrace on the Office of Constable.

He abused his position of authority for the sake of his own gratification. This behaviour is completely unacceptable and I congratulate the investigation team who secured the convictions.

On behalf of the force, I commend the victims for having the courage to come forward and report the incidents. We fully understand how challenging this must have been. I hope they can now start to rebuild their lives.

I am satisfied that this was an isolated case and the offender was dealt with professionally and robustly, as the people of North Yorkshire and the City of York would expect.

Residents can be reassured that North Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner have the necessary safeguards in place to root out police officers and members of police staff whose conduct or behaviour falls short of the very high standards demanded by the force.

Daniel Fisher will be brought before a disciplinary hearing at the earliest opportunity at which sanctions include dismissal without notice.

Detective Superintendent Heather Pearson, the senior investigating officer added:

At the time of his offending, Daniel Fisher was in a privileged position performing the role of a police officer. He has abused his authority and has offended against the very people he had a sworn duty to protect. This is unforgivable.

His actions undermine all the hard work and commitment to victims of crime and the public that North Yorkshire Police officers and staff conduct on a daily basis.

On behalf of the investigation team, I want to thank and pay tribute to the victims and witnesses who have displayed a great deal of bravery and faith in the police service, particularly due to the circumstances in this case.

Not only have they suffered the traumatic experiences that Fisher put them through, he has made them re-live their ordeals during the trial.

I just hope the outcome at court will provide a measure of comfort and closure as they move forward.

I thank my investigation team who have worked extremely hard to support the victims and witnesses in the search for justice.

Importantly, this case sends out a clear message that nobody is above the law.

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