A WIDNES police officer has appeared in court after being charged with the alleged rape of a 21-year-old woman.
Robert Waring, 31, of Guernsey Road, Widnes, and Stephen McGuire, 33, of Sexton Avenue, St Helens, also a police officer, appeared at Chester and Ellesmere Port Magistrates Court, each charged with two counts of rape and one count of wilful misconduct in public office, relating to an alleged incident on New Year's Eve 2002.
Waring has been charged with one further count of wilful misconduct in public office relating to an incident in August 2002.
The main charges relate to an allegation made in April 2004 that the two police constables, who were based at Warrington Police Station, attacked a 21-year-old woman in a car park.
Waring was also charged with wilful misconduct in public office concerning an allegation that on August 11, 2002, that he was involved in sexual activity in his vehicle and was therefore unable to perform his public duties.
Defending council, Mr Black, made an application at the March 23 hearing to have the suspended officers' addresses withheld from publication because of the possibility that their homes might be attacked in reprisals but this was rejected by magistrates.
The matter has now been committed to Chester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing which will take place on April 4.
Both men were granted bail on condition that they should surrender their passports to the court and make an undertaking not to apply for new ones or other travel documents. They were told not to contact prosecution witnesses.