A Met police officer found guilty of twice raping a teenage girl he took out for a date has been jailed for nine years.
PC Adam Provan, 39 (03.06.79), attached to the East Area Command Unit, was found guilty of two charges of rape after a trial at Wood Green Crown Court which ran between 21 - 29 November.He was sentenced on 30 November to nine years’ imprisonment. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.
The court heard that PC Provan and the victim, aged 16 at the time, met through a friend of the victim’s who had initially been contacted by mistake by PC Provan. They had exchanged messages and photos before deciding to go on a date.
He said he was a police officer and she felt she could trust him. He also told her he was 22 when he was in fact much older.
On their first date in late August 2010, PC Provan took the girl to some woods where he raped her. The victim tried to think of ways to escape, but had left her bag in PC Provan’s car and was in a remote area so stayed.
He then took her to a fast food restaurant in Harold Hill where he looked up films on his mobile phone, encouraging her to lie to her father and tell him that they had been to the cinema.
PC Provan then took the girl for a walk in Central Park, Harold Hill, and forced her to commit a sex act. The girl told the court she had said "no" several times and it would have been absolutely clear to PC Provan she was not consenting.
The girl eventually told a relative she had been raped, and it was subsequently reported to police in May 2016.
Police began an investigation and PC Provan was arrested on 1 June 2016. Following further enquiries, he was charged on 26 September 2017.
PC Provan admitted he had been on the date but denied anything sexual had happened.
The investigation was led by DS Liz Gaunt and DI Jimi Tele from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command (CASO).
Detective Superintendent Sian Thomas of CASO said: "PC Provan abused his position to win the trust of his victim and deliberately deceived her; she felt reassured he was a police officer and had no idea of the large age gap between them. This assault was brazen and calculated, with clear indication he had planned it beforehand.
"The victim has been incredibly brave in giving evidence in court and I commend her courage in reliving what happened to her in court.
“I would like to praise the efforts of the investigators involved whose dedication and thorough work has helped secure this conviction, and the sentence reflects the severity of his offending.
“The MPS expects its officers to uphold the highest standards of behaviour both whilst on and off-duty. PC Provan is suspended from duties and will now face misconduct proceedings.”