Former North Yorkshire Police Officer PCSO Christopher Shearing guilty of harassment

A former member of the North Yorkshire Police was convicted of harassing his wife and sentenced.

Christopher Paul Shearing, 46, was a support officer for the law enforcement community until he resigned last year, according to York Magistrates Court.

He pleaded guilty to harassing his wife between February 2 and March 18 of this year.

The court heard that Shearing, who lives near York, broke bail conditions during the crime.

Melanie Ibbotson, the prosecutor, said his actions so distressed his wife that she had to take sick leave from work.

“She simply wants the defendant to leave her alone,” the prosecutor said.

In a police statement, the wife said: “The defendant is a quiet person who can be charming and manipulative. Behind closed doors he can be aggressive and cruel. He can be unpredictable and has a drinking problem.”

Ibbotson said the wife suggested that Shearing’s drinking led to arguments and the police were called.

The harassment was having a “huge impact” on the wife, who told police that as a result, she had to carry out “risk assessments” when doing activities such as riding a bicycle, according to the court.

She also felt that her actions had changed her.

To Shearing, Lee-Anne Robins-Hicks said: “He should have known better because of his role (in the police).

“There was a perfect storm that surrounded Mr Shearing for the last two years.”

The offense came at a time when he was struggling emotionally and his mental health had declined since 2018.

He was frustrated by the problems with the sale of the marital home, added Robins-Hicks.

“This combined to contribute to her state of distress and annoyance,” she said.

York magistrates subject Shearing to a 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work and 30 days of rehabilitation activities.

They also made a restraining order that forbids him for five years from contacting his wife or going to her house or any address where he believes she is living.

They warned him about the order: “You must be treated with much more respect than you did with the bail conditions.”

The couple is getting a divorce, according to the court.

Ibbotson said on Feb. 2 that the wife was home early in the evening when she received a text message from Shearing.

In it, he called her the “love of his life” and said he was sorry she didn’t feel the same way about him.

At 1 am, she received a missed call from him who did not respond.

On March 17, he was off his property.

Robins-Hicks said that when he showed up at his wife’s house, Shearing knew she wasn’t there and wanted to get in touch with her father.

The text message was not threatening, she said.

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