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"Spy accused of rape still working for GCHQ because 'police did not properly investigate' claims, alleged victim says

A secret service official accused of rape by two different women he has had relationships with is described him as 'untouchable'

The spy is still working for GCHQ
By Winnie Agbonlahor

4:33PM GMT 28 Feb 2016

A British spy who used the dating site Plenty of Fish is accused of rape by two women but is still working for GCHQ because the 'police did not properly investigate' their claims, one of his alleged victims says.

The first rape claim against the spook was made by a woman he met through dating website Plenty of Fish in 2010.

The two saw each other for a few months, but the relationship fell apart when she became pregnant with his child.

Three years later one of the spy's colleagues reported him to the police for rape, claiming that the abuse had taken place while they were in a relationship in 2012.

However, the intelligence officer was never investigated for rape by police in Gloucestershire, where the British intelligenece service is headquartered.

"I don't feel any of the claims against him have ever been properly investigated by the police."

"It seems like this man is untouchable because he works for GCHQ," the woman who made the first rape allegation told the Sunday Mirror.

"I don't feel any of the claims against him have ever been properly investigated by the police.

"There must be a full inquiry, and I am intending to sue the police over the damage this has caused."

These details have recently emerged because the first alleged victim had a heated confrontation with him in a civil court.

She said that Gloucestershire police "refused to take my statement" and has now lodged a formal complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission over her dealings with police officers.

When she found out about the second alleged rape, the first woman went back to police in 2014 where she was this time allowed to give a video-recorded statement about the alleged 2010 rape.

"I had no idea it would take four years for them to finally listen to me," the woman told the IPCC.

"But [the spy] was only ever voluntarily interviewed, never arrested, for both victims. The Crown Prosecution Service was never informed of these crimes."

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Around the same time the first claim was made the spy lost his job after child porn was found on his laptop during a check at work.

He had his security clearance revoked as a police investigation took place, but was reinstated after three months in December 2010.

The spy used the dating site Plenty of Fish

GCHQ and the police believed him when he said that someone had planted the images on his machine.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police confirmed that in 2010 "a 28-year-old man" had been "arrested on suspicion of making obscene images of children" but was "later released without charge."

The Gloucestershire force has confirmed the women's claims are now being investigated.

In both cases, the spy was only given a harassment warning - the equivalent of a caution.

Details about the allegations became public at a hearing at Gloucester County Court last October.

The official appeared before a judge after the first woman applied for a non-molestation order against him.

He stated that he worked at GCHQ with full security clearance and admitted he had once lost his job over "the child pornography thing".

He said: "I was grilled very intensively by people at GCHQ as to a specific image on my laptop which I had absolutely no knowledge of whatsoever," according to the hearing's official transcript obtained by the Sunday Mirror this week.

"I also answered to police… and nothing was found to be of any concern to them whatsoever."

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Referring to his relationship with the first woman, he told the hearing: "We first met through an adult liaison website. We started having a purely sexual relationship. She fell pregnant.

"Our relationship was in no way a good one and it started falling apart pretty rapidly."

Cross-examining the civil servant, his alleged victim said addressing him: "Do you not think it's a bit strange that two different women, who didn't know each other, have both gone to the police about being raped and abused by you?

"You completely blackmailed me with GCHQ.

"You said if I didn't move out of your house GCHQ were going to do stuff to me."

The spook told the court he had signed a harassment warning in relation to both accusers.

Relating to the first woman, he said: "I made an undertaking to not do anything that constituted harassment towards her and not approach her property and child."

The rape allegation by the second woman, he said, was "wholly upsetting and completely factually incorrect," adding that he "felt completely and utterly betrayed by her."

The judge ruled against a molestation order.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: "In December 2015, the victim wrote a letter to the IPCC raising issues about her dissatisfaction with Gloucestershire Constabulary.

"A local investigation into the complaint is currently live. A rape allegation was made against a 28-year-old man in August 2013 about an incident in 2012. Officers conducted enquiries into the report but no further action was taken."

A GCHQ spokesman said: "It is GCHQ policy not to comment about individual members of staff and neither to confirm nor deny that they are, or were, GCHQ employees." "


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