Serving Metropolitan Police Officer Adam Zaman appeared in court on Oct. 27 after being charged of raping a woman at a hotel in central London.
According to the Metropolitan Police, the charge stems from an incident alleged to have occurred on Oct. 24 when Zaman was off duty.
Authorities arrested Zaman, 28, the following day after the City of London Police received a complaint.
“We say while they were staying at the hotel together, he raped her,” Prosecutor Jonathan Bryan told the court, according to the Evening Standard.
Zaman “strenuously denies” the allegations.
District Judge Michael Snow said that Zaman would be remanded in custody until his next appearance at the Central Criminal Court on Nov. 24.
Zaman has been suspended from duty and the Metropolitan Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed of the matter.
The matter has also been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Zaman had served with the force since 2016 and was based on the East Area Command Unit.
The charge comes as the Metropolitan Police is working to improve the level of trust women have in it after the kidnap, murder, and rape of Sarah Everard by Wayne Couzens, who was a serving officer at the time of the attack.
“I recognize that the public will be concerned to hear that a serving police officer has been charged with such a serious offense. We absolutely share that concern,” Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Trevers said after Zaman was charged.
IOPC said on Oct. 25 that the number of people facing disciplinary action into alleged abuse of position for a sexual purpose has risen sharply over the last three years.
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