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Kent Police officer Clive Garton

Kent Police officer convicted of rape, stalking and perverting justice

A Kent Police officer is starting a 16-year-prison sentence for offences of rape, stalking and perverting the course of justice.

Clive Garton raped his victim as he she pleaded with him to stop – and tried to get her to retract the allegation against him.

A jury heard how the victim had suffered years of abuse at the 56-year-old’s hands including him placing listening devices around her home and tracking her mobile phone so he knew where she was.

Garton, who had been suspended from duty when he arrested in October 2016, was convicted during a trial at Lewes Crown Court.

Supt Nick Gossett said: “The victim endured years of coercive and controlling behaviour at the hands of Garton and I hope the verdict will allow her the opportunity to move forward with her life.”

The court heard that after raping his victim, Garton tried to get her to retract the accusation she had made. Officers who attended found bugs in the house disguised as plug sockets and containing SIM cards.

On one occasion Garton made 24 phone calls to the devices so he could listen to his victim’s activities – despite¬†being on duty at a far-right protest march in Margate.

Garton also tracked her phone – including while on bail for the charges – so he could monitor where she was.

His defence to the rape charge had been that the sex was consensual.

Garton, who was on duty when the Olympic torch came through Kent in 2012, was sentenced to nine-years for the rape with the judge adding a three-year extension due to the nature of the crime.

He was given an additional four years running consecutively for the stalking offences. The charge of perverting the course of justice was taken into consideration at sentencing.

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