Police officer who grabbed colleague's penis guilty of sexual assault

Police officer, 32, is guilty of sexual assault after grabbing colleague’s penis and saying he had ‘sizeable packageon drunken night out

  • James Holt, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, is with Greater Manchester Police
  • He left his victimwho cannot be named for legal reasonsfeeling ‘violated
  • The pair had joined other trainees for a night out in Manchester in April, last year
  • Holt denied sexual assault charge at Liverpool & Knowsley MagistratesCourt
  • A police officer has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a male colleague during a drunken night out when he told his fellow officer that he had a ‘sizeable packagebefore grabbing his penis over his clothes.

    PC James Holt, 32, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, who serves with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), left his victimwho cannot be named for legal reasonsfeeling ‘violated’.

    Liverpool & Knowsley MagistratesCourt heard how Holt and the officer had joined other trainees for a night out in Manchester in April, last year.

    Louise McCloskey, prosecuting, told the court how some of the group had visited the Barca Bar earlier in the evening but Holt was asked to leave because he was so ‘intoxicated’.

    They joined other colleagues and made their way to the Rain Bar, also in Manchester city centre, but as they walked along Holt told the victim that he had a ‘big penis’.

    He also told his fellow officer that he had a ‘sizeable packagebefore grabbing his penis over his clothes, Ms McCloskey said.

    PC James Holt (pictured outside the court), 32, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, who serves with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), left his victim - who cannot be named for legal reasons - feeling 'violated'

    PC James Holt (pictured outside the court), 32, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, who serves with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), left his victimwho cannot be named for legal reasonsfeeling ‘violated

    Liverpool & Knowsley Magistrates' Court (描かれた) heard how Holt and the officer had joined other trainees for a night out in Manchester in April, last year

    Liverpool & Knowsley MagistratesCourt (描かれた) heard how Holt and the officer had joined other trainees for a night out in Manchester in April, last year

    Holt grabbed his penis a second time, and when the victim told a female colleague he had been groped, she replied: ‘He better not do that to any of the girls.

    Later in the evening, Holt confronted his victim and repeatedly asked him, ‘Do you know something?’ while poking him in the chest, the court heard.

    Giving evidence, the victim said the entire group had been drunk but Holt’s ‘level of drunkenness was higher’, while his behaviour was ‘unacceptable’.

    ‘He was saying that I had a large penis without knowing anything about it,’ the officer said.

    ‘Initially, I thought he was just joking but the conversation continued.

    ‘I just tried to ignore it and go back to normal conversation.

    ‘He said I had a sizeable package and proceeded to grab my crotch area. He put his hand on my penis over my trousers.

    Asked by Ms McCloskey how he felt afterwards, the officer said: ‘I was taken aback, I felt violated.

    He added that he had not understood why Holt had repeatedly asked him whether he ‘knew somethingwhile poking him hard in the chest.

    The court heard that two days later Holt sent a message to his victim using a group WhatsAppcalled ‘Big Time Cops’ – saying he could not remember much about the night out but wanted to apologise for his behaviour.

    The officer had replied: ‘It’s no problem mate. Don’t worry about it.

    Although the officer had not initially pursued a complaint, a colleague who was assigned to work alongside Holt later alerted superiors.

    Holt (pictured outside the court) had denied a charge of sexual assault but was found guilty after a two-day trial

    Holt (pictured outside the court) had denied a charge of sexual assault but was found guilty after a two-day trial

    A formal complaint was subsequently made to the force’s professional standards branch and Holt was arrested.

    Julia Smart KC, defending, said the reason the victim had not lodged a complaint against Holt, who is heterosexual and has a partner, was because he did not view what happened as ‘such a big deal’.

    She described Holt’s behaviour as ‘inappropriate, horseplay or banter’, but not a sexual assault.

    The victim said it had taken time for him to process what happened and he had not ‘felt comfortableabout pursuing a complaint.

    Holt had denied a charge of sexual assault but was found guilty after a two-day trial.

    District judge Timothy Roswell, who delivered the verdict, granted him unconditional bail until sentencing on October 31.

    GMP said Holt has been placed on restricted duties and that misconduct proceedings will recommence upon conclusion of criminal proceedings.

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