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Cop admits sexually assaulting two women while on duty

op had previously denied two counts of sexual assault but changed his pleas to guilty today
op had previously denied two counts of sexual assault but changed his pleas to guilty today

A police officer has admitted sexually assaulting two women while he was on duty.

Steven Walters, a constable with West Midlands Police, had previously denied two counts of sexual assault but changed his pleas to guilty when he appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Monday.

The Sutton Coldfield-based officer had also denied a charge of misconduct in a public office, on which the prosecution offered no evidence.

Pc Walters, who is currently suspended from duty, was bailed for sentencing on September 29.

The 48-year-old was charged in January this year after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Commenting after Walters admitted sexual assault, IPCC commissioner Derrick Campbell said the officer had completely abused his position of trust and targeted vulnerable victims of crime for sexual purposes.

Mr Campbell said: "I would like to praise the courage and bravery of the women who came forward to give evidence against him and hope that they can now move on with their lives in the knowledge that justice has been done.

"Such unprofessional and disgraceful conduct cannot go unchallenged and I hope that today's outcome reinforces the message that officers who behave in such a way will be exposed and brought before the courts where appropriate."