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A police officer acted like a "sexual predator" and used his position of trust to "further his sexual ambitions", a court heard today.
Pc John Alan Forrester, 40, took advantage of women he came into contact with while carrying out his job as a neighbourhood police officer in north Liverpool, the city's Crown Court heard.
Forrester, from Halewood, Liverpool, is charged with four counts of misconduct in a public office in relation to engaging or attempting to engage three separate women in sexual activity.
He is also charged under the Data Protection Act with eight counts of accessing personal data on the police computer system, which involve a further two women.
Duncan Bould, opening the case on behalf of the prosecution, said: "The prosecution say there is a theme which runs through each of these 12 charges.
"In short, we say that he has used his professional position as a policeman to take advantage of females with whom he came into contact while doing his job.