EXCLUSIVE: A 41-year-old leading senior constable from Victoria Police might be vying for the title of Australia’s worst cop after being charged with almost 100 offences – including sexual assault and stalking – allegedly all committed while on duty over a period of one decade. Serkan Ozturk reports.
A Victoria Police officer will face court later this week charged with almost 100 offences – including sexual assault and stalking – all allegedly committed while on duty over a period of ten years stretching from 2010-2019.
Brett Johnson, a 41-year-old “leading senior constable” from Melbourne’s notorious north-west metro command, has also been charged with a number of offences related to alleged misconduct while holding public office.
The police officer was arrested and charged late last week following an internal investigation led by Detective Senior Sergeant Tracy Meyer from Taskforce Salus.
The specialist unit was established to identify and investigate sexual predatory behaviour and serious sexual harassment and discrimination allegations made against current or former police officers.
Victoria Police announced the charges against the long-serving officer late on a Friday afternoon, in a bid to keep any bad publicity to a minimum.
The officer is currently suspended without pay and will face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, August 27.
Just over a month ago, again late on a Friday afternoon, Victoria Police quietly let it be known that following an internal investigation, “a senior constable from the north west metro region” had been charged with over 30 offences relating to unlawfully accessing, using and disclosing information from the police database.
The charges related to alleged incidents between June 2020 and October 2020 while the officer was both on and off duty.
The “north west metropolitan region” includes the suburbs of Broadmeadows, Carlton, Collingwood, Greensborough, Heidelberg, Reservoir, as well as the city’s central business district to the north of Melbourne, and Essendon, Footscray, Sunshine and Werribee to the west of Melbourne.
True Crime News Weekly put it to Victoria Police that both cases may possibly involve the same allegedly wayward and corrupt police officer.
“No, there’s nothing to indicate that,” a police spokesperson told True Crime New Weekly.
In that case then, two police officers from the same command have been arrested and charged with corruption-related offences and over other serious alleged crimes in the space of a few weeks.
True Crime News Weekly asked Victoria Police how the public can have any faith in them, considering that one of the police officers is alleged to have committed his offences over a prolonged period of time spanning a decade.
“As this matter is before the courts we are unable to comment further,” a police spokesperson said.