The young mistress of a police officer in the midst of a sex scandal has revealed the very intimate secrets behind their affair – including a ‘love cabin’ in his apartment.
Sarah Colja was only 21 years old when she started an illicit relationship with her boss John Purcell, a senior executive with the Western Australian Police.
The office affair quickly became “ toxic, ” with workplace sex taking place behind his partner’s back almost every day, and they even ended up at his private apartment.
Their daughter, now four, was conceived in a Perth park in the middle of the workday, she claimed.
The father of four, who was more than 30 years older at the age of 54, has since been demoted – but still works for the police and appeals the decision.
Speaking of where they would “meet” for sex during working hours, she said, “Literally everywhere.
Mrs. Colja, 31, (photo) described the relationship with Mr. Purcell, who was her boss and more than 30 years older than her, as “f *** ed up and toxic”.
“His apartment on Hay Street had a storeroom, and we turned the small storeroom into our little love cabin.”
John Purcell (pictured) was demoted last year after the sex scandal came to light
Speak with the Western Australian In a wide-ranging interview, Ms. Colja explained that they would go to the illegal sex sessions within 10 km of their office in the middle of the day.
She claimed he always wanted to stay close to the office in case his wife called.
They also used a “secret language” to organize the agreements about corporate emails so that the affair could go unnoticed.
“(Internal Affairs) would not have understood the emails, there would be much more than they would have identified,” Ms Colja said.
She listed the Perth parks where they had sex, and even used a Maylands park the day their young daughter was conceived.
Mrs. Colja (photo, who was 21 when she took the job with the WA police, claimed they had sex in local parks in the middle of the working day, as well as in his private apartment
During an email audit, more than 23,700 personal emails were found between the couple – as well as a dozen explicit photos of Mrs. Colja ‘naked, half-naked, or wearing only underwear.’
Some of the emails were the couple who agreed to meet for “intimate contacts,” court documents said.
Ms. Colja said the affair started as a seemingly innocent friendship, becoming her mentor in the workplace.
She had seen him as a “role model” and wanted to learn from him, she explained.
She is now a single mom and has previously released other details about the ‘toxic’ five-year affair, saying she wanted to show other women that they were ‘more than just another name’.
Mrs. Colja (pictured) was a 21-year-old college graduate when the workplace affair began in 2011
A second investigation was launched into Mr. Purcell, who was Deputy Director of the Office of Information Management at the WA Police.
He was demoted last year after an email check found thousands of personal messages between him and Ms. Colja.
Ms. Colja was a 21-year-old university student who worked as an administrative assistant at the time under Mr. Purcell.
The emails were proof of their affair, which took place between 2011 and 2017.
The WA Commissioner of Police has now opened a new investigation into Mr. Purcell after Ms. Colja claimed that he had used his “dominance” to “control” her during their “toxic” relationship.
Sarah Colja (pictured) said she now suffers from panic attacks in office environments and is struggling to work
John Purcell, who was in his 50s, was in a relationship with another WA Police officer when the affair began
Details of the affair were made public when Mr. Purcell appealed his relegation to the WA Industrial Relations Commission.
On appeal, his counsel stated that the relegation was “harsh and unfair,” with Mr. Purcell alleging that he had tried to end the affair and sought advice from his church about the incident in 2017 and 2018.
They added that their client previously had an “intact record” and “took actions to redeem themselves.”
In a conversation with Daily Mail Australia, Ms. Colja described the relationship as “raised and poisonous.”
Purcell was in a relationship with another WA police officer when the affair began.
Ms. Colja said the relationship broke up when she told him she was pregnant with their daughter (pictured together)
Shortly after Mrs. Colja started working for the police, she was given access to his office so that the couple could have sex during their workday.
His partner – who is now his wife – worked next door during their afternoon dance.
“We behaved like young teens – kissing in cars and stuff,” said Mrs. Colja.
They used their work emails to arrange secret meetings.
Ms. Colja would also send explicit photos of herself to Mr. Purcell’s email to prevent his partner from discovering their relationship.
She said she fell in love with Mr. Purcell and believed he was in love with her at the time.
“I thought someone in his job had to be a good person.
John Purcell (pictured) slipped into the ranks of the WA Police Force after an internal audit uncovered a scandalous affair with a younger colleague
“I believed him in many ways because he was older.
“Looking back, I don’t know if he was in love with me or if he was going through a midlife crisis.”
The affair lasted from 2013 to 2016, even after Mrs. Colja left the corps.
But after years of sneaking around, the relationship turned sour.
Ms. Colja, now 31, said the relationship broke up when she told him she was pregnant.
Purcell has no relationship with the couple’s four-year-old daughter, Colja said.
Sarah Colja (pictured) got pregnant during a mid-day romp in a park, but Purcell has no contact with his daughter
“Looking back and growing up, I realize that his position of power played a major role in how he could manipulate the situation. I was treated as nonsense for being in love while trying to create a career for myself.
Enough people knew, especially the higher ones in his circle, that I was known as the “hussy” at work. And because he had the power he was, he had the power to move me to different floors or offices. ‘
Ms. Colja, who has a bachelor’s degree in communications, is struggling to find work in the aftermath of the affair.
She now suffers from panic attacks in office environments.
Ms. Colja (pictured) said the affair started as a seemingly innocent mentoring relationship