COP IN DOCK
Police sergeant David Stansbury, 42, appears in court charged with raping woman three times while on duty
- Published: 17:40, 19 Apr 2023
A POLICE officer has appeared in court charged with raping a woman while on duty.
Sergeant David Stansbury, 42, allegedly raped the woman three times over a five-week period.
He appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court today to face the three charges.
Stansbury spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the brief hearing.
He was bailed to next appear at Bristol Crown Court on May 10.
The charges state that he raped the woman aged 16 or over in Plymouth, Devon, between October 23 and November 30 in 2009.
Stansbury was on duty at the time of the alleged offences.
The cop was an officer with Devon and Cornwall Police between 2009 and 2011.
He now serves with Hertfordshire Police but is currently suspended from duty.
In a statement, Devon and Cornwall police said: “A former Devon and Cornwall police officer is due to appear before Plymouth magistrates court charged with rape.
“David Stansbury is charged with three counts of rape of a woman aged 16 years or over.
“The charges relate to alleged incidents in Plymouth in 2009, whilst he was on duty, and have been under investigation since being reported to Devon and Cornwall police in September 2020.”