Marie Reynolds was targeted by disgraced PC Steven Walters, who allegedly told her he would look at CCTV footage that might support her allegation – but only if she performed a sex act

A hairdresser who called police to report she had been raped has claimed a police officer made her commit a sex act.

Mum-of-two Marie Reynolds says that PC Steven Walters told her he would look at CCTV footage that might support her allegation – but only if she performed the act.

 

The 40-year-old spoke out after the shamed Birmingham police officer admitted two sex attacks on women while he was on duty, during a hearing at Stafford Crown Court.

Marie, from Erdington, has waived her anonymity because she wants to warn the public about Walters, who is due to be sentenced on September 29 and has been warned by a judge that a prison sentence is “almost inevitable”.

Maria Reynolds claims PC Steven Walters made her commit a sex act
The shamed cop was charged with misconduct in public office after Marie reported him but the charge was left to lie on the file after Walters admitted attacks on two other women.

She claims her ordeal unfolded when 47-year-old Walters and another officer attended the Castle Vale home of her mother, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Marie was stopping there after complaining she had been sexually assaulted at the Nechells tower block where she lived.

While one PC stayed with her parents, she says Walters followed her into a bedroom.

The other officer had no idea what was going on, Marie stresses.“He was coming across like he didn’t believe me,” she says.

“I was so low and vulnerable. I was promised he would sort it all out, that he’d look at the CCTV.

“But first he made me perform a sex act. I was just getting nowhere and needed help. I wasn’t thinking straight.”

“I felt disgusted, but, for him, it was as if nothing had happened. He walked into the room where my mum was, looking completely normal.

“He acted as if nothing had happened,” she says, “but I felt dirty. I told my mum as soon as he left.”

“I wanted their help,” sobbed Marie. “I just wasn’t thinking straight. He’s disgusting. He made me feel worse, not better.

“Of course he deserves jail. Of course he deserves being placed on the sex offenders’ register.”

Marie says she has suffered blackouts, anxiety and has been unable to continue work as a mobile hairdresser.

Her faith in the police – the body tasked with protecting us – has been crushed.“I can’t phone them up if anything happens,” she said.

“I have no faith. I’m so paranoid.”

In a written statement, Marie explained: “I felt extremely vulnerable and distressed at this point.

“I agreed [to what he wanted] because I was desperate to get the CCTV evidence to prove to people that I was not lying and making up these allegations.

“I was desperate for someone to look into the case and investigate it.”

West Midlands Police Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe (pictured) apologised for Walters's conduct
West Midlands Police Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe (pictured) apologised for Walters’s conduct

Marie has struggled since the incident and just months ago was taken to Good Hope Hospital after slashing her wrist.

It was not her first suicide attempt. The hairdresser, now under the care of a mental health team, still has the scars on her wrist as testament to the dark place in which she found herself.

Marie was at Stafford Crown Court on Monday to hear Walters enter his guilty pleas.

No details of the offences were given during the brief appearance.

The Crown Prosecution Service accepted both pleas but did not proceed with the third allegation of misconduct in public office because they said it was not in the public interest.

“The thought of giving evidence was terrible,” said Marie.

“People say I’ll get better, but I’m not. The medication I’m on zonks me out.

West Midlands Police has apologised for the conduct of its rogue officer.

Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe, said: “PC Steven Walters worked as part of our 24/7 response unit – officers the public rely upon in their hour of need.

“He has admitted abusing his position by sexually assaulting two women he encountered while on duty.

Marie has struggled since the incident and just months ago was taken to hospital after slashing her wrist
Marie has struggled since the incident and just months ago was taken to hospital after slashing her wrist

“I am sorry that an officer working for West Midlands Police has exploited the trust placed in him by two women when they deserved respect and support.

“PC Walters is currently suspended from duty and he will now face an internal misconduct hearing.

“We expect the highest standards of professionalism from all officers and police staff.

“Serving and protecting the public is paramount and it is vital that our communities have trust and confidence in everything that we do.

“To breach this trust in such an abhorrent way is totally unacceptable.

“Any officer or staff members who fails to uphold our force values and falls below the high standards we expect will be dealt with accordingly.”

Those words have cut little ice with Marie.“Because of him, I’ve got to start from scratch again,” she says.

“I went to the police to make things better and they made things worse.”

The mum of two was at Stafford Crown Court (file picture) on Monday to hear Walters enter his guilty pleas
The mum of two was at Stafford Crown Court (file picture) on Monday to hear Walters enter his guilty pleas

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says that Steven Walters “targeted vulnerable victims of crime for sexual purposes”.

Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “Walters completely abused his position of trust and targeted vulnerable victims of crime for sexual purposes.

“I would like to praise the courage and bravery of the women who came forward to give evidence against him and hope that they can now move on with their lives in the knowledge that justice has been done.

“Such unprofessional and disgraceful conduct cannot go unchallenged and I hope that the outcome reinforces the message that officers who behave in such a way will be exposed and brought before the courts where appropriate.”

Marie is full of praise for the police watchdog who, she says, left no stone unturned after she approached a WPC with her story.

“They have been brilliant,” she said. “I didn’t think I’d be believed, I didn’t think they would do anything about it.

“They interviewed me and helped me. I can’t praise them enough.“The WPc I told my story to was shocked.

“She said she would’ve trusted Walters with her life.”

The same officer has been left in no doubt that he faces prison.

Judge Paul Green told him: “I will adjourn the case for a pre-sentence report.

“A custodial sentence is all but inevitable but I need to know more about you before passing sentence.”

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