Cop faces multiple sexual misconduct charges

PC Adam Rushton
PC Adam Rushton

A Staffordshire Police officer is set to face trial over multiple sex-related misconduct charges after denying the offences in court.

Adam Rushton is facing 10 counts of misconduct in a public office and two charges of obtaining the personal data of two women without proper permission while on duty as a serving constable with the force.

Rushton, 37, sat composed in the dock throughout the brief hearing at Birmingham Crown Court, wearing a suit, striped tie and black-rimmed glasses.

He entered not guilty pleas to each charge on the indictment as they were put to him.

The offences are all alleged to have happened between June 2006 and October 2012, and they relate to seven different women.

He is facing six allegations that he had sex with women while he was supposed to be working, and a further two accusations that he carried out social visits to women with whom he was having a relationship, also while on duty.

Rushton, of Hilltop Avenue, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, is also accused of grooming a vulnerable woman for sexual contact, and further charged with going to another woman’s address with the intention of having sex, both while at work.

The charges follow an investigation by Staffordshire Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Judge Roderick Henderson told him his trial was set to take place next March, and bailed him to that date.

Addressing the defendant, he said: “Your trial will probably take place on March 16 2015.

“Whatever the date of your trial, it will be your job to stay in touch with your lawyers and ensure you turn up in good time.”

The judge made an order in court banning the identification of the women named in the indictment.