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The alleged victim had insisted he meet her father before going out together.

Officer accused of raping teen

A police officer raped a 16-year-old student twice while they were on a date, a court has heard.

PC Adam Provan, of the Metropolitan Police, forced himself on her during a "hellish date", once when they went for a walk in the woods and also on a bench in a children's play area in the summer of 2010, London's Wood Green Crown Court was told.

Her father had been told they had gone to the cinema but after the first alleged rape, Provan took her to a fast-food drive-through outlet in Romford, Essex, where he bought milkshakes and looked up film plots on his mobile phone, the court heard.

Prosecutor Anthony Metzer QC said this was "essentially rehearsing a story which could be sold back" to her father as they were supposed to have watched a film.

Provan, 38, of Kirtling in Newmarket, Suffolk, denies two counts of rape between July 31 to September 1 2010.

The jury were told they met after being introduced by a mutual friend in late summer 2010 and kept in touch before deciding to go on a date.

Mr Metzer told the jury that the teenager, who had just taken her GCSE exams, feels Provan "groomed her for several days, exchanging messages and photographs".

The teenager asked Provan to meet her father before the date and he went to her house.

It turned out her father already knew Provan, via general acquaintances, and was "reassured" as he knew Provan was a serving police officer.

He also figured out that Provan was around 31 years old rather than 22, as he had told her.

The jury was told Provan drove for 15-20 minutes to some woods and a tree trunk where the first rape is alleged to have happened.

Mr Metzer said that Provan asked for a kiss and she briefly kissed him.

He told the jury that Provan touched her breasts and pulled out a condom, before adding: "He asked her if they should 'do it', meaning to have sex, she said no.

"He kept asking and she stepped away.

"But this refusal wasn't sufficient for Mr Provan to desist.

"He continued saying they should 'do it' and telling her to take her trousers down.

"She continued to refuse but he did not give up."

He pulled his trousers down and pinned her to the tree where she "froze with fear", Mr Metzer said.

After the first alleged rape the teenager tried to escape from the woods and left her bag in his car.

She was "effectively Mr Provan's prisoner", according to Mr Metzer.

Provan later took her for another walk, while she was "still traumatised" and from the first alleged incident, the court was told.

Mr Metzer said: "They went to a children's play area where he played in the swings while she remained passive from her fresh trauma."

He then took her to a bench on a hill and insisted on another sex act, it was claimed.

The complainant felt "too guilty" to report the alleged incidents to police but eventually told several people including her stepmother.

In his police interview after being arrested in June 2016, Provan said he took the teenager for a walk "so as not to be impolite, but nothing occurred of a sexual nature".

He also denied kissing her.

After being charged, he told the officers: "I have never ever hurt anybody of a sexual nature in my life."

The woman broke down in tears several times as she gave evidence from behind a screen.

She recalled telling Provan no "about four times" in relation to the first alleged incident and "three or four times" regarding the second.

She described Provan as just "a two out of 10" on a scale of attractiveness and said she was not interested.

Mr Metzer asked her, again on a scale from one to 10, about how clear she had been about not wanting sexual contact with Provan in both alleged instances.

She replied: "10."

Asked why she kissed him at the tree trunk, the woman said: "I did not think much of a peck on the lips."

She described feeling "empty and numb" after the first alleged incident and just wanting to go home.

The hearing continues.

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So basically 8 years on from the incident, it's her word against his. Considering it took 6 years before it was reported and he was arrested forensics will be nonexistent, no independent witnesses. This will drag on for quite a while.

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It’s still a bit weird the whole thing isn’t it? He would have been 30 and she was 16? She was still at school? Of course it’s not against the law in itself but very odd indeed and particularly that he knew her dad! 

Still, morals aside it is a difficult case all around really. As Sierra says, it’s been a long time and essentially comes to one account v the other.


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Any man claiming to be 22 when actually 31 and date a 16 year old girl who is still at school is weird.

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It is yet another of those historical complaints with little, if any corroborating evidence. If the first incident did happen then, why on earth did she go on a second date?

We have been recently criticised for being too eager to accept the complainants  story , yet for years we were unjustly criticised for questioning any complaint. Over the years I lost count of the number of false complaints which when challenged were shown to be a cover story for all types of things.

It certainly was not wise for a man of his age dating a 16 year old girl, but the father knew him; where was the fathers mind.

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