A POLICE officer allegedly sexually assaulted a drunk teenager while she was waiting for her boyfriend in Bolton police station, a court heard.

PC Gareth Roscoe tried to kiss the 19-year-old and touched her breast in a private interview room in Scholey Street police station, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court was told.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was waiting for her boyfriend, whom Roscoe had earlier arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

It is also alleged that Roscoe, who denies the accusations, suggested to the woman that her boyfriend would be treated more favourably if she “let him have his way”.

Brian Berlyne, prosecuting, said: “Instead of leaving her in the public waiting area, which is covered by CCTV, he took her into a small side room with no CCTV.

“Whilst she was in that room alone with Mr Roscoe, Mr Roscoe made sexual advances towards her.

“He tried to kiss her and touched her breast.

“He also made a remark to her that gave her the impression that if she went along with this, he would help her boyfriend in some way.”

The woman says Roscoe asked her: “Do you want to help your boyfriend?”

CCTV footage shows Roscoe leading the woman into the side room and the pair emerging seven minutes later.

She waited for about an hour and 20 minutes before reporting the alleged incident to the public inquiry desk clerk.

Roscoe and his colleague, PC Christopher Brickley, had earlier arrested the woman’s boyfriend in Rupert Street, Great Lever, after he failed a roadside breath test.

She opted to go to the police station and wait, instead of getting a taxi home.

The woman, who lived in Bolton at the time, had drunk five double Red Bull and vodkas, but said she still had her wits about her enough to know what was going on.

The woman told the court she was extremely upset and crying at the time because she was worried about her boyfriend.

She said of Roscoe: “He said ‘Are you all right? Do you want to come here and give me a hug?’ “Obviously I was really upset at the time and I thought he was being supportive.

“He kept saying ‘Give me a hug, give me a hug’. I noticed he turned his face towards me and leaned in and tried to kiss me.

“I immediately backed away. I said ‘Woah, what are you doing?’ He kept doing the same thing over and over. He kept trying to kiss me.”

She added: “I just thought it was so disgusting. I think I was more scared than I realised at the time.”

Speaking about Roscoe’s alleged comment about her boyfriend, she said: “When he was trying to get me to kiss him and touching me, he said ‘Do you want to help your boyfriend?’ “It wasn’t actually a bribe. He didn’t say if you don’t do this I won’t help your boyfriend, but it was the way it came across.”

Roscoe, aged 25, of Tamar Close, Leyland, Preston, denies trying to kiss the woman or touch her inappropriately, but says she gave him a “bear hug”.

He said he had taken her into the side room because she was cold.

Roscoe has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and misconduct in a public office.

The trial continues.