The police officer in charge of the investigation into Gayle Newland described the case as 'highly unusual' but cautioned observers to remember the victim at the heart of it.
DI Clare Coleman, head of the Cheshire Constabulary’s Dedicated Rape Unit, said: “This has been a highly unusual and complex investigation.
“There has been a lot of interest in this case due to the extraordinary circumstances, but it is important to remember that there is a victim at the heart of all of this.
“This was a highly elaborate deception where Newland abused the trust that the victim had in her.
“She has been extremely upset by what has happened and there is no doubt that there will be a lasting psychological impact on her.
“I would like to thank the victim for her bravery and co-operation throughout the investigation.
“This case highlights that Cheshire Constabulary takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously. Our dedicated rape unit has specially trained officers who are committed to tackling this type of crime and bringing those responsible to justice.”