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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Bradford police officer jailed for ten years for raping woman and getting her pregnant

A Bradford police officer has been sentenced to ten years in prison being found guilty of raping a woman after a night out in 2016.

A Bradford police officer has been sentenced to ten years in prison being found guilty of raping a woman after a night out in 2016.

West Yorkshire Police Sergeant Ben Lister, 36, was found guilty at Bradford Crown Court yesterday of raping a woman at a mutual friend’s house following a night out drinking together in a group on August Bank Holiday weekend five years ago.

PC Ben Lister was found guilty of raping a woman in 2016 in court yesterday.

The offences were reported to the police in 2020. Mr Lister, who has served with West Yorkshire Police since 2007, has been suspended since he was charged with the offences in December 2020.

The disgraced police officer had denied the offence, claiming his victim consented to the intercourse, but he was found guilty of rape and assault by penetration by the jury.

The disgusting attack led to his victim becoming pregnant, but the suspended cop denied knowing he had fathered the woman’s child.

Following the jury’s verdict, he was jailed for 10 years for rape and four years for the assault by penetration, to be served concurrently, and required to sign the sex offender’s register for life.

Pauline McCullagh, head of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “This woman was raped, and as a result, she became pregnant with her attacker’s child.

“The offence of rape has profound effects on victims. Although he was not on duty when he committed this terrible crime, Lister was still a serving police officer, charged with upholding the law and protecting the public.

“Our thoughts remain with the victim, as they have been throughout.”

Detective Superintendent Mark Long of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate said: “I would like to praise the bravery and courage of the victim who came forward in this case. I hope this conviction demonstrates that no one is above the law.

“I would encourage anyone who has any similar concerns to come forward and report them, they can have the confidence that we will investigate and will take action.

“I have no doubt that the serious criminal behaviour of one of our officers will leave colleagues as horrified as I am.

“West Yorkshire Police expects the highest standards of conduct and behaviour from its officers, whether they are on or off duty. This officer’s actions fell far below those standards.

“It is a privilege to work for West Yorkshire Police and the vast majority of police officers, PCSOs and police staff recognise this.

“They work tirelessly to protect and serve the communities of this county and to safeguard vulnerable victims. We have all been let down by this officer.

“He still faces a misconduct case and we will be taking action to ensure our procedures will be concluded at the earliest opportunity.”

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