A serving Metropolitan Police officer who stood accused of stroking a woman has been found not guilty of sexual assault following a trial.
PC Ares Michaelides, 47, based in Enfield, was found not guilty of sexual assault at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday January 4.
The charge related to an allegation of sexual assault by touching against a female aged over 16 years which was made to police on Wednesday November 23, 2016.
Specifically, it was alleged that Michaelides stroked a 22-year-old woman's thigh while out on duty, handing out home security packs. The officer was placed on restricted duties throughout the judicial process.
Court News reports that jurors took less than an hour to clear Michaelides, and that he was "weeping" when the verdict was read out.
Now that the criminal proceedings are complete the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) will commence a misconduct review of the incident.