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Policeman cleared of rape charges

A Devon and Cornwall policeman has been cleared of raping a woman.

Pc Jamie Gilbert, 35, from Saltash, was found not guilty of four charges of raping the woman after a three-week trial at Exeter Crown Court.

Pc Gilbert, who served as a constable in Callington in Cornwall until he was suspended from duty in June 2007, told the jury the claims were fictitious.

He remains suspended until police ascertain whether there should be any misconduct proceedings, the force said.

During the trial, Pc Gilbert said that on three of the occasions when he was accused of forcing himself on the victim there had been no sexual contact.

In a statement, Devon and Cornwall Police said officers had "robustly investigated" the allegations and that the work had been supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The force said: "This officer will now remain suspended from duty until the constabulary has assessed the evidence obtained during the criminal investigation and ascertained whether misconduct proceedings should follow."

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