Police criticise ‘disgraceful actions’ of Harrogate officer convicted of sex assault
Last updated Mar 31, 2023
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A senior North Yorkshire Police officer has criticised the “disgraceful actions” of a Harrogate officer who was convicted of sexual assault.

Joseph McCabe, 27, was found guilty of one count of sexual assault following a trial in February and appeared for sentence at York Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

McCabe was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years. He was also placed on the sex-offenders’ register for seven years.

District judge Tan Ikram told McCabe that he had given “no credible explanation as to why (the victim) would make up such a serious allegation”. 

Following the outcome of the case, Deputy chief constable Mabs Hussain commended the victim for coming forward.

He added that McCabe’s actions were “disgraceful”.

Mr Hussain said:

“Our communities need to know that they can have complete trust in their police, and that we demand the highest level of integrity from our officers and staff.

“McCabe’s disgraceful actions fell far below that standard. I commend the victim for her courage in coming forward so we could take action. I also hope the case sends a clear message that there is no place for this behaviour in policing – and that we will secure justice against perpetrators, no matter who they are.”

McCabe is currently suspended from North Yorkshire Police. He will appear before a misconduct hearing at a later.

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