Lincolnshire Police officer charged with rape

Lincolnshire Police officer charged

Lincolnshire Police officer charged with rape

A serving Lincolnshire Police officer has been charged after he allegedly raped a woman whilst off duty.

PC Fraser McDowall, 23, reportedly attacked and raped a woman in Lincoln on Saturday 16 October 2021.

PC McDowall is a Lincoln-based probationary police officer, Lincolnshire Police revealed.

He was arrested on Friday 5 November 2021 and charged yesterday, Wednesday 2 February.

The Lincolnshire Police officer has since been released on police bail and is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 10 March.

The force reportedly indicated that the incident had been forwarded to its professional standards department.

He has been suspended whilst inquiries are ongoing.

The victim has been provided with specialist support.

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Chris Haward reported: “I know this will be concerning and upsetting to people in our communities in Lincolnshire and further afield.

“Our entire Lincolnshire Police family feels this way too.

“It has come at a time when police officer conduct is under intense scrutiny and is the subject of almost daily news reporting, so we understand keenly the public’s concern about allegations such as these.

“We have taken swift measures to ensure that this matter has been investigated thoroughly and robustly, and work continues even though a charge has now been brought.

“We are providing specialist support to the alleged victim and will continue to do so throughout the process.

“I would like to remind everyone that we must allow the criminal and court proceedings to take place without prejudice.

“It is not right to speculate about the outcome and as soon as there are any significant updates, we will make sure we release that information to you.”

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