Leicester Crown Court jailed former policeman constable Paul Rodgers, 29 for raping a drunk woman and filming it, after which he edited the video to make it look consensual before he shared it with someone else.
Paul Rodgers, forced himself on the victim who was so drunk she thought she was having sex with a man she wanted to be her boyfriend. Afterwards the “sex addict”, who visited swingers clubs, sent an edited version of the mobile phone footage to another person making it appear the sex had been consensual.
But on the unedited recording of the sex attack which was played in court the victim could be heard clearly saying the other man’s name. In the unedited video, Rodgers could be heard telling her “No, it’s not, it’s me, Paul.” She replied: “No, no it’s not.”
Leicester Crown Court heard Rodgers was formerly a special constable, but was dismissed in December 2016, by the Leicestershire force, for an unrelated matter.
The defendant knew she thought she was having sex with someone else. He carried on because he wanted sex with her, irrespective of consent and to take a recording.”
The court heard that during the trial Rodgers had blatantly posted an image of a sex toy on social media, which the woman had found out about and was “very upset.” It had resulted in his bail being revoked.
He had also asked for a copy of the original sex video he made, before the verdicts were announced, and the judge questioned his motive for that.
Defence advocate, Steven Newcombe, suggested it was connected with the evidence in the case and added: “I don’t think it was for the purpose of publication.
“The image of someone holding a sex toy (he put on social media) was a poor decision on his part.”
Passing sentence Judge Ebraham Mooncey said: “You had sexual issues. Apparently, you thought you were a sex addict of some sort and went to swinger’s clubs.”
“You took advantage of the victim; she has little recollection of what happened. Sexual intercourse took place and other activities.”
“She became aware it was you and not the man she was hoping to form a relationship with. She was outraged. You knew she was drunk and you made a recording. I bear in mind your hitherto previous good character.”
He also ordered that Rodgers will have to sign on a sex offender register for the rest of his life.