‘Gaslighting’ Met Police sergeant who raped two women but carried on working for the force for FOUR YEARS after they bravely came forward is finally struck off – yet still won’t face criminal charges
- Paul Storey found by tribunal to have sexually assaulted and raped two women
- Complaints made against him in 2017 but carried on serving in Met until 2021
- CPS decided not to prosecute sergeant, saying there was a lack of evidence
A Met Police sergeant was today found to have raped two women but will not be charged with any crime and was allowed to continue serving with the force for four years before resigning.
Paul Storey, who once served as his local unit’s lead on mental health, grabbed one of the women by the throat, dragged her down the stairs and threw her onto a table.
He hit the second victim with a whisky bottle, threw her against a door frame and a chest of drawers.
The women complained about Storey to Essex Police in November 2017 but he was never suspended by the Met. Instead, he was moved to back-office duties until he handed in his resignation in September last year.
Paul Storey grabbed one of the women by the throat, dragged her down the stairs and threw her onto a table
A misconduct panel today concluded he raped and assaulted both women and found him guilty of gross misconduct. He was barred from serving in the Met or any other police force in the future.
The CPS received a full file of evidence on November 28, 2018, but three months later concluded there was not enough evidence to prosecute.
The victims challenged the decision but it was upheld after a review.
Storey grabbed grabbed one of the women by the throat, dragged her down the stairs and threw her onto a table. One evening, he raped her.
Storey assaulted the second woman several times, including by hitting her around the head with a whisky bottle. Later, he raped her.
The ‘gaslighting’ officer was given anonymity for the duration of the hearing by the independent legally qualified chair but named after the matters were found proven.
Local area commander Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell said: ‘The behaviour of former Sgt Paul Storey is abhorrent.
‘He subjected two women to a number of sexual and physical assaults as well as coercive and controlling behaviour.
‘It is hardly necessary for me to say that his behaviour has fallen very far below what we expect of our police officers.
‘This type of abuse has a lasting and significant impact on victims and we take all allegations extremely seriously.
The senior officer hit the second victim with a whisky bottle and, in other incidents, threw her against a door frame and a chest of drawers
‘We know it is really shocking to hear a police officer is capable of carrying out such behaviour.
‘As part of work to rebuild the trust Londoners have in us, we have created a new dedicated team focused on investigating allegations of sexual misconduct as well as domestic abuse involving our officers and staff.
‘This team improves our ability to identify patterns of concerning behaviour.
‘While we’re working really hard on this, it will be of little consolation to the women former Sgt Storey abused and our thoughts are with them.’
The CPS said: ‘Allegations of rape and violent assault are incredibly serious and prosecutors look at the evidence very carefully.
‘Following a decision by the CPS that our legal test was not met to charge the suspect with rape or assault, the two complainants each requested a review.
‘This was carried out under our Victims’ Rights to Review scheme by a prosecutor with no previous involvement in the case and the original decision was upheld.
‘We explained our reasoning in detail to the complainants and that our role is to make independent and fair decisions based on the evidence.’
Storey was found guilty of breaching the standards of professional behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct.