A Metropolitan Police officer “raped a woman in her house after a night out because he thought she was playing hard-to-get when she told him to stop,” a court has heard.
James Geoghegan, 27, of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, is accused of raping the woman on December 12, 2018.
Jurors from Chelmsford Crown Court were told the victim returned to her home in Loughton, Essex, with Geoghegan around 3 a.m. after they had been drinking.
Geoghegan had decided to sleep there rather than return to his home in Enfield, north London, before following the victim “uninvited” to her room later that morning as she undressed.
Prosecutor Wayne Cleaver said Geoghegan tried to remove the victim’s pajama pants, to which she replied, “Stop, think of your girlfriend.”
The judges were told she repeated this several times to try to “discourage” him because she was “not interested in intercourse”, but this was ignored.
After gesturing that she did not want to continue, the alleged rape took place on her bed, the court heard.
James Geoghegan, 27, of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, is accused of raping the woman on December 12, 2018
In a police video interview played in court, the woman said, “I pulled them back up and said, ‘No. Stop’.
“Then he pulled them down again.”
“I remember laying there looking at the ceiling and thinking, ‘This is disgusting,'” she said.
“He was quite sweaty.”
She said the defendant then fell asleep and cried.
The woman said: ‘We were kissing and it was all consensual, hanging out a bit, laughing. He said he would marry me one day.’
She said he was on top of her.
“He didn’t push me down or anything,” she said.
“He was on top of me, but not with his weight on me.”
She said he then took off her pajama bottoms and she said no and pulled them back up.
“He’s a lot stronger and bigger than me and he took them off,” she said.
She described the defendant as “something six feet tall” and “built quite large.”
“Personally, I think if someone says stop, it stops,” she said.
She said she had had some alcohol and added, “There are pieces missing because there was quite a bit of booze involved.”
After the incident, the victim told a friend that she had been raped and asked Geoghegan ‘do you remember I asked you to stop?’ to which he replied ‘yes, I thought you were just playing around’.
Mr Cleaver said: ‘He clearly heard her say ‘no’, he had heard her say she didn’t want to have sex with him and he also acknowledged that she had indeed pulled her shorts back up when he first took them down. pulled. ‘
In text messages between the couple later that day, the victim told Geoghegan that she had cried and was “all over the place.”
She said, ‘I’m upset James because I said no several times, but you kept going’.
Mr Cleaver said: ‘The charge is simple, (the victim) said ‘no’ and (the victim) said ‘stop’ which is exactly what she meant.
“He accepted in the living room and later in those messages that he heard her say it more than once, but he took no notice of her.
“He ignored her limits and decided to carry on instead.”
Mr Cleaver added: ‘It was totally unreasonable, he had no reasonable belief that she consented, much less that she was inviting sexual intercourse with him.
“Perhaps he thought he had waited long enough and that this was his chance to go all out without really considering what she really wanted and what she clearly stated.”
He said that as a police officer, Geoghegan had “professional insight” into where “sexual boundaries should be crossed.”
The process continues.