Trainee police officer who 'told colleague, 18, to come sit on daddy's lap' and brushed off sexual assault allegation as 'just one little cuddle' resigned before any further action could be brought against him, Channel 4 documentary reveals

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A trainee police officer who was accused of sexual assault by a colleague brushed off the allegation as 'just one little cuddle' before resigning, a Channel 4 documentary has revealed. 

Scott Yapp told PC Bryony Trueman, then 18, 'to come sit on daddy's lap' and praised her 'very nice body', according to the victim, who was undergoing the same training as him to be a police community support officer for Avon and Somerset Police.

Speaking on To Catch A Copper, which was shared on the broadcaster's YouTube account yesterday, Bryony explained that Yapp came up to her at a training course at the police department's headquarters and started initiating physical contact.

Yapp was suspended for 15 months with full pay for most of that time while the Counter Corruption Unit's (CCU) investigation got underway. Eventually, the team decided it wouldn't be referred for prosecution because of 'insufficient evidence'.

However, Avon and Somerset Police did find Yapp - who denied the sexual assault allegation - guilty of gross misconduct at a hearing - but he had already resigned from the constabulary, so no further action was taken.

Scott Yapp told PC Bryony Trueman, then 18, 'to come sit on daddy's lap' and praised her 'very nice body', according to the victim, who was undergoing the same training as him to be a police community support officer for Avon and Somerset Police 

To Catch a Copper followed Avon and Somerset Police’s Counter Corruption Unit, in which Amber Redman serves as Detective Constable.

In the episode, which originally aired earlier this month, Bryony was filmed coming forward with the allegation against Yapp two years ago.

She claimed that Scott came up to her and started initiating physical contact and talking about his sexual experience.

Bryony tearfully recounted: 'He started saying if I was a bit older, he'd go for me, saying "come sit on daddy's lap".

'He started saying "you are a very attractive young lady, you have a very nice body" and he said "oh I wish you were older because you are my type and I have so much experience that I can show you."'

She added: 'I was like Scott you do realise you are old enough to be my dad, you are double my age. But he said "I can still give you experience though".' 

Bryony continued: 'He was like "do you want a hug?" I will never forget that feeling. I felt like he was just getting tighter and tighter, just holding me. It just felt awful.

'I just need to be honest because if he went out to a victim, especially to a rape victim or a sexual assault victim and I never spoke up, I just wouldn't ever, ever forgive myself.'

Speaking on To Catch A Copper, which was shared on the broadcaster's YouTube account yesterday, Bryony explained that Yapp (pictured) came up to her at a training course at the police department's headquarters and started initiating physical contact 

Bryony tearfully recounted how Scott came up to her and started initiating physical contact

Bryony later explained that she joined the force to make a difference after violence in her childhood led to her being distrustful of the police. 

She said: 'When I was growing up I didn't trust the police because they let me down, the abuse happened for eight years and nothing changed, it got to the point were me and my mother nearly died from it.

'That's the reason I joined, because I wanted to make a positive change within the police force.

'This was supposed to be my fresh start, it was supposed to be my time to prove to people that I can do this, and now that this has happened I think what is the point.' 

Scott denied the sexual assault allegation although he did admit to hugging Bryony, saying: 'It was just one little cuddle.'

Bryony said Scott asked for a hug and she remembered it getting 'tighter and tighter', saying 'it just felt awful'

Bryony later explained that she joined the force to make a difference after violence in her childhood led to her being distrustful of the police

Detective Constable Amber Redman later explained to Bryony that the case was not being referred for prosecution because of 'insufficient evidence,' despite saying she believed Bryony's account of events.

Amber said: 'It's not a matter of being believed or not, what we haven't found is the proof to say we can prosecute that and secure a conviction.

'Sexual misconduct is extremely serious, that sort of behaviour that you described and we found evidence of, is not acceptable.'

While the CCU's investigation was being carried out, Scott had been suspended for 15 months with full pay for most of that time.

Bryony said: 'It does upset me a bit that he still gets paid by Avon and Somerset as a victim I am like he has done this and he is still getting paid.' 

Bryony had remained on the force but said if Scott was reinstated she would have to leave.

Eventually, the review panel found Scott guilty of gross misconduct, but he had already resigned from the constabulary, so no further action was taken.

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