A Perth police officer has been stood down from duties but remains on full pay after being arrested for sexually assaulting four young boys in the mid-1980s while he was a Catholic school teacher.
Eamon Dominic Heary, 56, was not required to make a plea when he faced court on Wednesday, January 25.
He has been charged with the indecent treatment of a child under 14 years of age.
The 56-year-old sergeant at the Central Metropolitan District command is alleged to have molested four eight-year-old boys sometime in 1984-85 at a Catholic school situated in Perth’s CBD.
When contacted by True Crime News Weekly this week, a spokesperson for WA Police confirmed that sergeant Heary was still receiving his full pay and entitlements despite the gravity and heinousness of his offences.
“In basic terms, being stood down means that an officer cannot attend work but is still employed and being paid accordingly – pending the court outcome,” the spokesperson said.
Defence lawyer, Terry Dobson, told the court that Mr Heary had been a police officer for the past 26 years.
Mr Heary has been released on bail until he appears in court again in May.
If Mr Heary is found guilty, it is likely he will have to serve any jail term in full protective custody as other prisoners may attack him on the count of being both a police officer and a convicted paedophile. Earlier this week, True Crime News Weekly reported on how a paedophile inmate was killed by other prisoners in the recreational yard of a maximum security correctional complex in West Virginia, United States.