Tag Archives: Sexual Offences Act 2003

Sleeping with the enemy – might undercover officers be guilty of sexual offences?

The case of an undercover police officer who is reported to have infiltrated environmental protest groups has been back in the news, as a group of women who had been in sexual relationships with undercover officers appeared in the High Court. These women are bringing claims against the police for the emotional trauma they say has been caused by the deception underlying these relationships. The women have chosen to air their grievances through the civil courts, but the facts also raise an interesting question of criminal law: in being deceived about the true identity of the police officers, were these women truly consenting to sexual relations with them? Put more simply, might these officers be guilty of committing sexual offences?

Sleeping with the enemy – might undercover officers be guilty of sexual offences?

The case of an undercover police officer who is reported to have infiltrated environmental protest groups has been back in the news, as a group of women who had been in sexual relationships with undercover officers appeared in the High Court. These women are bringing claims against the police for the emotional trauma they say has been caused by the deception underlying these relationships. The women have chosen to air their grievances through the civil courts, but the facts also raise an interesting question of criminal law: in being deceived about the true identity of the police officers, were these women truly consenting to sexual relations with them? Put more simply, might these officers be guilty of committing sexual offences?