Matthew Tregale: Devon police officer accused of attempted rape, false imprisonment and sexual assault

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A police officer has been charged with several sexual offences including attempted rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment.

PC Matthew Tregale, 33, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates' Court accused of committing a series of offences against three women over a 16-year period.

Tregale, from Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, is charged with four counts of sexual assault by penetration and one count of attempted rape against a woman between 2005 and 2010.

Against the same woman, he is also accused of two counts of false imprisonment and one of harassment with the threat of violence.

Tregale, who appeared on Channel 4 mini-series Call The Cops in 2019, is also charged with controlling and coercive behaviour against a second woman between December 2015 and July 2020, and against a third between April 2021 and August 2021.

Tregale allegedly used police restraint techniques against the complainants, including the use of handcuffs, prosecutor Philip Sewell said.

It is claimed that the PC held a knife against one of the women's cheeks, and threatened to make allegations about another to her employer so that she would lose her job.

Magistrates were told that Tregale was first interviewed in May 2020 and placed on restricted duties - but was not suspended from Devon and Cornwall Police until he was charged.

Tregale was remanded into custody and will next appear at Exeter Crown Court on 25 August.

Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement on 22 July that Tregale had been suspended from duty.

"The charges relate to incidents which occurred whilst the officer was off duty between 2006 and 2021," it said.

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