Met police officer cleared of raped woman he went home with

James Geoghegan out of court

James Geoghegan has been acquitted of rape following a lawsuit at Chelmsford Crown Court (Photo: PA)

A police officer in the capital has been found not guilty of raping a woman he went home with.

James Geoghegan thanked the judge after being unanimously cleared by a jury for the allegation.

A woman had accused the 27-year-old officer of raping her in December 2018 and said she told him ‘No’ and ‘Stop’, but he continued.

Sir. Geoghegan, who was suspended from his duties because of the allegation, said he had sexual intercourse with the woman and that it was a ‘complete shock’ to him when she made the allegation.

The trial had heard that Mr Geoghegan, when interviewed by the police, made a prepared statement outlining his account of what happened.

He said the woman had asked him after he woke up at her home: ‘Didn’t you hear me say no?’

He said: ‘It was a complete shock, I did not know what she was doing.

Metropolitan Police Officer James Geoghegan outside Chelmsford Crown Court, Essex

Metropolitan Police Officer James Geoghegan outside Chelmsford Crown Court, Essex (Photo: PA)

‘I really thought we would wake up and spend the day together and start seeing each other, as we said the night before.

‘I was so shocked, as far as I knew, we were having passionate sex with each other and it was really good and things were good between us.’

He said he and the woman had taken a taxi to her home together and they were dancing and talking.

He said he offered to sleep on the couch, but she ‘insisted’ that he sleep in her bed.

“She said grinning that we should have a cuddle and a spoon,” he said.

He said they had both been drinking but had had ‘long and involved conversations’.

Response officer Mr. Geoghegan, whose mother was in court, wiped away the tears when his defense attorney said he had waited a long time for the case to be heard.

Sir. Geoghegan said he talked to the woman on a night on the town before they went to her apartment together.

He said he had joked about dating her and going on a honeymoon.

“We laughed and made fun, but the undertone was serious – I thought we should be together after this,” he said.

He said they took a taxi to her home and she invited him in.

Asked by his lawyer Nicholas Corselli’s QC if he thought he and the woman ‘should have sex no matter what’, Mr Geoghegan replied: ‘No, certainly not.’

Earlier in the trial, prosecutors alleged that Mr Geoghegan had entered the woman’s bedroom ‘uninvited’ while undressing, and even though they kissed, she told him several times that she did not want to go any further.

Prosecutor Wayne Cleaver said he ‘overlooked her boundaries’ by trying to take off her pajama pants, to which she replied:’ Stop. Think of your girlfriend. ‘

She tried to ‘deter him’ as she ‘was not interested in intercourse’ but he raped her on the bed, jurors heard.

The victim said she later asked Geoghegan, ‘Do you remember I asked you to stop?’ and he replied, ‘Yes, I thought you were just playing.’

There was gasp and crying from the public gallery at Chelmsford Crown Court when the innocent verdict was read out.

When the judge said he had to leave the quay, Mr Geoghegan of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, said: ‘Thank you, your honor.’

Metropolitan Police said Police Chief Geoghegan, from the Central East Command Unit, has been suspended from service since the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards was informed of the rape charge and the Essex Police investigation.

In a statement released after Mr Geoghegan’s acquittal, the Metropolitan Police said: ‘We will now consider whether there is a case to be held accountable for the offense.’

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