Hampshire policeman to stand trial for rape and

Hampshire policeman to stand trial for rape and voyeurism

Police Sergeant Richard Heard, 43, is charged with three counts of rape and three counts of voyeurism, police confirmed.

He is also charged with one count of controlling or coercive behaviour, one count of assault by beating and one count of perverting the course of justice.

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All of these alleged offences against one victim, happened while the officer was off-duty, between January 2022 and August 2023, police said.

The officer faces a further count of malicious communication against a second victim. This alleged offence took place in June 2023 and while the officer was off-duty.

The trial is due to begin at Bournemouth Crown Court on Monday, July 15.

The officer has currently been suspended by Hampshire Constabulary.

He was based in Basingstoke when he was suspended, the force confirmed.

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