Police marksman and dog handler, 43, admits trying to rape woman

Police marksman, 43, faces years in jail as he admits trying to rape woman in her 40s he met in a pub after previously claiming they had consensual sex

  • PC Ernesto Ceraldi, who served for 21 years, also admitted to actual bodily harm
  • Ceraldi met woman in a pub in Edenfield, Lancs., night before attack on April 2
  • Judge said Ceraldi faced ‘substantial and immediate sentence of imprisonment’ 

A police marksman faces years in jail after today pleading guilty to attempting to rape a woman he met in a pub after previously claiming they had consensual sex. 

PC Ernesto Ceraldi, a serving officer for 21 years, also admitted to actual bodily harm on the victim, who is in her 40s.

The 43-year-old is a specialist firearms officer and dog handler with Greater Manchester Police. 

A judge told Ceraldi, who once fought in a white-collar boxing match in a ‘battle’ between officers from other forces, that he faced a ‘substantial’ prison sentence. 

PC Ernesto Ceraldi, a serving officer for 21 years, also pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm on the victim, who is in her 40s

Ceraldi met the woman in a pub in Edenfield, Lancs., the night before the attack on April 2.

Judge Simon Medland, QC – sitting at Preston Crown Court – told the defendant: ‘You have pleaded guilty to these very serious counts on the indictment.

‘Inevitably, there will be a substantial and immediate sentence of imprisonment imposed on you.’

Ceraldi, of Darwen, Lancs., has been in custody since his arrest after being refused bail.

He was initially granted bail by District Judge Jack McGarva on the conditions that he lived at the force’s training centre, observed an overnight curfew and surrendered his passport.

However, prosecutor Peter Beardsley appealed the decision, claiming Ceraldi should be remanded in custody for the officer’s own protection.

Mr Beardsley said: ‘Bearing in mind recent, high-profile matters involving police officers, the Crown say the defendant would be at significant risk of harm if he was released on bail.’

Phillip Barlow, defending, said remanding a police officer into custody was not the best way of keeping him safe.

A prison van leaves Preston Crown Court after Ceraldi pleaded guilty to attempted rape and GBH

He added: ‘My client has said all the way through that everything that took place was with consent.’ he added.

In 2018, Ceraldi lost to an officer from Lancashire Police – the force currently investigating the alleged rape – in a white-collar boxing match billed as a ‘Battle of the Forces.’

GMP’s website stated Ceraldi and a colleague are trained to attend live firearms incidents along with police dogs Jax and Storm.

In an earlier statement regarding the officer’s arrest, GMP said: ‘We are aware of criminal proceedings against a serving police constable.

‘The officer has been suspended. A misconduct investigation will commence following criminal proceedings.’

He will be sentenced in June. 

GMP’s website stated Ceraldi and a colleague are trained to attend live firearms incidents along with police dogs Jax and Storm (pictured) 

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