Arrested over the horrific rape of a young child, a NSW Police officer remains on full pay as he awaits a court trial.
The 48-year-old man, currently employed as a senior constable attached to a local area command in the Northern Region, was arrested at Newcastle police station on Thursday, February 8 following an investigation by the Professional Standards Command.
It is alleged the man allegedly raped and indecently assaulted a nine-year-old girl on at least two separate occasions in the Central Coast region of NSW in 2009.
He was a serving police officer during the time of the incidents.
He has been charged with one count of sexual intercourse of a person aged under ten and two counts of aggravated indecent assault. He will reappear in Newcaste Local Court on February 23 after being given conditional bail.
Following our enquiries, a NSW Police spokesperson confirmed to True Crime News Weekly that the officer had been suspended from duties.
“The officer has been suspended with pay,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
NSW Police has come under fire in recent years over claims that a sizeable proportion of criminals have been recruited to the organisation.
In 2014, it was revealed that 437 police officers – or about one in every 40 police officers on active duty – had been convicted of criminal offences, with 30 per cent of the total 595 offences committed by officers while employed with NSW Police.
The list of offences included 40 cases of stealing; 20 cases of break, enter and steal; more than 250 drink-driving offences, as well as fraud and dishonesty.
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