'Arrogant' police officer, 38, who abused his position to have sex sessions with vulnerable student, 21, after being called out to her home to do a welfare check is found guilty

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  • Shamraze Arshad looked shocked when a jury unanimously convicted him

An ‘arrogant’ police constable who had sex sessions while on duty with a vulnerable young woman has been warned to expect a lengthy jail sentence.

Shamraze Arshad, who was an officer with Greater Manchester Police, looked shocked this afternoon when a jury unanimously convicted him of misconduct in public office.

The jury of three women and nine men took just 75 minutes to find him guilty and the 38-year-old shook his head in the dock and repeatedly muttered, ‘Oh my God’ under his breath.

During the four day trial Liverpool Crown Court heard that Arshad, a father-of-two, met the 21-year-old after he and a colleague were called out to her student accommodation in Fallowfield on October 28, 2020, when she was suicidal.

Shamraze Arshad (pictured outside Liverpool Crown Court) denied ever having sex with the complainant during the trial

Shamraze Arshad (pictured outside Liverpool Crown Court) denied ever having sex with the complainant during the trial

The jury of three women and nine men took just 75 minutes to find him guilty and the 38-year-old shook his head in the dock and repeatedly muttered, 'Oh my God'

The jury of three women and nine men took just 75 minutes to find him guilty and the 38-year-old shook his head in the dock and repeatedly muttered, ‘Oh my God’

During the four day trial Liverpool Crown Court (pictured) heard that Arshad, a father-of-two, met the 21-year-old after he and a colleague were called out to her student accommodation in Fallowfield

During the four day trial Liverpool Crown Court (pictured) heard that Arshad, a father-of-two, met the 21-year-old after he and a colleague were called out to her student accommodation in Fallowfield

He submitted a care plan for her after she was taken to hospital and having finished his shift ‘that should have been the end of the matter’ said Jamie Baxter, prosecuting.

But later that morning while off duty he used his police mobile to find her personal details and began calling her just hours after she had been taken to hospital.

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‘In the days that followed he began asking her to go on a date and over the weeks and months thereafter his contact with her continued and what resulted is that the defendant, a serving police officer, began an intimate and ultimately sexual relationship with this vulnerable young woman whom he met in crisis.

‘Far detached from the knight in shining armour she initially thought he was, we suggest that she was selected by him because of those very vulnerabilities which caused him to first meet her and that he abused his position as a serving police officer, gaining her trust, in order to sleep with her.

‘His concern was not her wellbeing, but rather his own sexual desires,’ said Mr Baxter.

After about seven months she ended their casual relationship, which she described to the jury as involving ‘friends with benefits’ and said he would come round for 15 – 20 minutes ‘for a fun time in bed.’

Arshad, of Ascott Close, Lostock, Bolton, who joined GMP in October 2018, was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice and unauthorised access to the police computer at a trial last summer

Arshad, of Ascott Close, Lostock, Bolton, who joined GMP in October 2018, was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice and unauthorised access to the police computer at a trial last summer

Judge Stuart Driver, KC, remanded Arshad in custody overnight for sentencing tomorrow and warned him, 'You are going to prison for a substantial time'

Judge Stuart Driver, KC, remanded Arshad in custody overnight for sentencing tomorrow and warned him, ‘You are going to prison for a substantial time’

Arshad was arrested on 19 July 2021 and released on bail on condition not to contact the woman in any way – but he immediately went to her home. As she was out he returned the next morning and woke her by banging on her window. The frightened woman hid in the bathroom and called the police.

Arshad, of Ascott Close, Lostock, Bolton, who joined GMP in October 2018, was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice and unauthorised access to the police computer at a trial last summer.

That jury was unable to reach a verdict on the misconduct offence leading to this week’s re-trial. Arshad was sacked from the Force last year.

Judge Stuart Driver, KC, remanded Arshad in custody overnight for sentencing tomorrow and warned him, ‘You are going to prison for a substantial time.’

Defence KC Peter Wright told the court that Arshad has been reconciled with his partner, who is pregnant with their third child, and he has two step-children.

During the trial Arshad denied ever having sex with the complainant.