Cop cleared of rape reinstated

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A Detective Sergeant from Watnall who was wrongly convicted of rape and later cleared has been reinstated by Nottinghamshire Police.

Trevor Gray was suspended during his initial prosecution and trial and then dismissed when he was convicted of the offence at Derby Crown Court in May 2012.

He was subsequently sentenced to eight years behind bars.

He spent 14 months in prison. But following an appeal against the conviction, the initial court finding was quashed and a re-trial ordered.

After a four-day hearing at Birmingham Crown Court, there was a unanimous not guilty verdict.

Mr Gray, 49, had always denied raping a 43-year-old woman. Despite the conviction being successfully overturned, Mr Gray has told other media that his life has been ‘ruined’.

An appeal was also launched against Mr Gray’s dismissal from his job, which has now been concluded. The force did not oppose reinstatement.

A statement from the force said said: “We have received the determination of the formal decision, and will be arranging a meeting with Trevor Gray to discuss his future with Nottinghamshire Police.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is currently carrying out an inquiry into Nottinghamshire Police’s investigation of the original allegations. It will look into whether steps were taken to find and speak to significant witnesses.