RAPIST COP CAGED
Predatory police officer, 56, raped three teenage girls and hoodwinked pals he was ‘pillar of community’
- 20:25, 19 Aug 2022
- Updated: 23:56, 19 Aug 2022
A PREDATORY former Met Police officer who repeatedly raped three teenage girls has today been jailed for 24 years.
Anthony Paul Smith, 56, left his victims feeling “worthless and terrified” after forcing them to endure years of abuse.
Guildford Crown Court heard how the vile cop took advantage of his position, leaving the teens terrified to report him because of his job.
He hoodwinked his pals into believing he was a “pillar of the community” while secretly abusing the three girls.
The historical offences took place between 1993 and 1997 at an address in West Molesey, Surrey.
His victims – aged between 13 and 17 years old – were horrifically raped and sexually abused by Smith while he served with the Metropolitan Police.
The disgraced former officer, of Weybridge, left the force in 2004 after he was convicted of gross indecency with a child in an unrelated matter.
He also worked as a swimming teacher in Llandudno, north Wales, prior to joining the police in 1987.
An investigation was finally launched in 2020 after one of his victims came forward to report she had been abused by Smith as a teenager.
The other two complainants came forward shortly after.
During the harrowing three-week trial in June, the court heard how the 56-year-old “manipulated” and “controlled” one of the girls, making her feel “worthless and terrified”.
Detailing the impact the abuse had on her life, she said: “To the outside world you were a pillar of the community, a shining example of a police officer – yet here you were, abusing your position of trust, making me feel powerless, guilty and ashamed of what I was being made to do.
“Feelings of guilt, shame and anxiety are my ‘normal’ and I struggle every day to fight this.
“I have carried the shame of being an abuse victim around with me throughout my life and this has negatively impacted my intimate relationships.
“Even though I know that the abuse was not my fault, the shame never fully leaves a childhood sexual abuse survivor.”
Smith denied but was found guilty of 13 charges of rape and indecent sexual assault against three separate complainants.
Here you were, abusing your position of trust, making me feel powerless, guilty and ashamed of what I was being made to do.
He was sentenced to 24 years behind bars at Guildford Crown Court on Friday.
Detective Sergeant Matt Cable, from Surrey Police’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team, said: “We launched an investigation after one of the victims came forward and reported the abuse she had suffered at the hands of Smith.
“This led to a further two victims coming forward and resulted in an in-depth and complex inquiry with a significant number of allegations of serious sexual abuse, including rape, which had spanned many years.
“As a police officer at the time of his offending, Smith was in a position of power which meant that his victims did not feel they were able to speak out about what he had done to them until many years later.
“The sentence he has received today reflects the extent of his predatory behaviour in the way he targeted young girls and used them for his own gratification.
“To see him behind bars will hopefully enable these three women to move on with their lives in the knowledge that he has finally been brought to justice for his heinous and indefensible crimes.
“I would like to reassure anyone who has suffered any form of sexual abuse that you will always be listened to and all allegations will be thoroughly investigated.”