A SICK cop who sexually abused a woman at sea on his own bachelorette party has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Sergeant Laurence Knight attacked the victim in Brighton as she pleaded: “They are getting married in two weeks.”
The horror ordeal came just hours after Knight, 34, and his friends were entertained by strippers at their AirBnb for his bachelorette party.
Knight has now been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually assaulting the 21-year-old.
The police officer, who will serve half of his two-year sentence in custody, has also been put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
He was acquitted of the rape charge after more than seven hours of jury deliberation.
The victim’s mother said in a statement today: “When I found out what had happened, I was stunned as to why.”
“She was broken, defeated and unrecognizable as my precious daughter who is usually so full of life.”
“Her innocent view of the world and the people in her was shattered that night.
“She was always fearless, always the person brave enough to walk up to someone and say she wanted to be their girlfriend.”
The officer, who was stationed at Stoke Newington Police Station in north London, clashed with the woman in the early hours of July 17.
The jury heard the two were total strangers as Knight persuaded them to get in the water by moaning that he’d had a “garbage night.”
Maryam Syed, prosecutor, said: “She told police he looked like he was going to cry, so she relented and said yes.”
“She didn’t want her dress to get wet, so she went in the water in her underwear. She did not touch the defendant, nor did he touch her at the time, they merely stepped on water in the same area of the sea.”
The woman recounted how Oxford University graduate Knight then came up behind her and attacked her in the water.
She said she told the officer to stop and kept asking what he was doing.
After the attack, one of Knight’s group approached them and said, “Larry [Knight] want me to tell you he’s sorry.
She later told friends, “I think I have to call the police. It’s an emergency.”
Knight was arrested after the incident and suspended from his position in the Met’s custody unit, which oversees custody.
He denied raping the woman and claimed the touching was consensual.
The Met has referred it to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.