An ‘arrogant’ North Wales police officer, earlier convicted of raping a sleeping woman, was yesterday jailed for five years.
Ian James Clarke, 48, who at the time in December 2015 served as PC with the major crime team, was told by Judge Rhys Rowlands that while he was a man of previous good character, there was evidence of “a quite immature, offensive if not dismissive attitude towards women” at times.
A court heard how he had lost his good character, his job and his marriage after he went into a bedroom naked and raped the victim, believing “she was up for it” and unable to resist him.
Clarke, of St Peter’s Park in Northop, was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for life.
The defendant, who also served with the Territorial Army in Afghanistan, was told by the judge that he did not have “an ounce of remorse” about what he had done that night.
He portrayed himself as “the victim of a drunken, consensual dalliance” in which he simply regretted cheating on his wife as she slept in a next door room.
Judge Rowlands said the defendant maintained that he had been treated unfairly by his police colleagues and that he felt like an outsider after his transfer into the force.
That had been rejected by the jury and the judge said that all his colleagues had behaved responsibly and professionally.
The victim, the judge said, had given her evidence with remarkable restraint.
Judge Rowlands said that there was evidence not put before the jury in the interests of a fair trial of texts being exchanged between the defendant and another man in which he displayed “an immature, laddish disrespect of women”.
There had also been evidence of him searching dating sites no doubt behind his wife’s back.
Judge Rowlands said Clarke was a man with a high opinion of himself and said the rape showed “a complete lack of any moral compass whatsoever”.
It was no doubt contributed to in large measure by the alcohol he had taken when he decided to take advantage of the situation of the victim sleeping in the same house.
“You had no thoughts whatsoever for her feelings or your wife’s,” he said.
The victim did not instigate or give him any indication at all that she wanted it to happen.
“You showed a callous indifference to her feelings and an overblown sense of your own importance and raped her,” he said.
No force was used, but it had been “quite appalling behaviour” on his part.
Judge Rowlands described it as “drunken risk-taking” born out of “your own sense of worth, bordering on sheer arrogance”.
The judge said that while he did not commit the offence in the course of his work as a police officer, the public, society, rightly expected police officers to uphold the law at all times.
“You are well aware from your work of the profound effect sexual assaults have on victims, but it was something you were prepared to put to one side in the early hours of December 13, 2015,” he said.
Defending barrister Bob Sastry said his client had lost his good character, his marriage and his career.
He had worked as a police officer for a number of years and served Queen and country in Afghanistan with the Territorial Army.
The rape was not premeditated and the aggravating features were limited, said Mr Sastry.
It was completely out of character. “There is no pattern of offending, quite the opposite, “ he said.