EXCLUSIVE: Senior Constable Scott John Brotherton has this month pleaded guilty to assaulting three different people. However, a number of child sexual assault charges, including rape, have been withdrawn against the baby-faced serving NSW Police officer. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports.
36-year-old Senior Constable Scott John Brotherton remains free on bail after pleading guilty last week to four counts of common assault on three different victims. One of the victims was assaulted twice. The offences relate to incidents dating back to April 2001 when the police officer was about 20 years of age.
The pleas of guilty were entered by Brotherton at a hearing on Thursday, November 22 at Downing Centre Local Court in front of Magistrate Prowse.
An application for an apprehended domestic violence order (AVO) upon Brotherton is being sought by at least one of his victims. The serving police officer is now due to be sentenced early next year.
Brotherton was attached to the Monaro Local Area Command at the time of his arrest earlier this year. The command takes in Queanbeyan, as well as towns such as Jindabyne, Cooma and Braidwood.
However, it can be revealed that the serious child sexual abuse charges Brotherton was also facing were all withdrawn at a court hearing earlier this month. It was alleged that sometime between 2005 and 2006, Brotherton indecently assaulted and raped a young child believed to be only five or six years of age at the time.
On November 1 though, at a hearing in front of Magistrate Viney at the Downing Centre Local Court, five charges in total, including sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10, were all withdrawn.
It is unclear as to why the director of public prosecutions (DPP) decided to withdraw the charges.
A non-publication order prevents True Crime News Weekly from revealing any information that may identify any of the victims involved in the case.
As such, we cannot inform readers of key details of Brotherton’s offences and the charges he faced, and the manner in which they occurred.
It is believed the victims involved may have been minors at the time of the offences, or, known to Brotherton.
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Nevertheless, details of Brotherton’s police background can now be revealed by True Crime News Weekly.
According to a local news article in a rural NSW newspaper from three years ago, Brotherton only entered the police force in 2010; nine years after the assaults for which he has been found guilty of, and only five years after the alleged child rape offences which he was initially charged with.
On October 21, 2015 the Monaro Post gushed about welcoming back a local son to its police force.
“The Delegate community has welcomed a new police officer, with Senior Constable Scott Brotherton having joined the district’s police force on October 12,” the article reads.
“As many will know, Scott was born and bred in Bombala, and having lived in the local area for most of his life, has a solid rapport with the community.
“Scott started policing in a very different environment, working in Redfern from 2010 until 2014 before being transferred to Queanbeyan.
“He was extremely pleased to be posted to Delegate this year and will hold the position there for the next three years.”
Brotherton, too, was quoted in the short article. The police officer declared himself “extremely pleased” to be back in his local area for the next three years.
“I have settled in really well, and all the locals have been fantastic so far,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to the coming years, which will give me the chance to experience rural policing after being in the city for the majority of my career.”
Accompanying the article was a photo of Brotherton posing with an innocent, elderly woman at the Bombala Police Remembrance Day event.
Just a couple days later, Brotherton also featured in another local newspaper. This time, it was for his role in helping capture a wayward two-metre eastern brown snake.
As the Bombala Times reported on October 23, 2015, the snake had found its way onto a driveway just outside the town’s Foodworks supermarket:
“Mr Papalia (the shop’s proprietor) tried to contact a local snake catcher, but was unable to, so he decided to call the police.
“He also noticed the new officer of Delegate Police, Constable Scott Brotherton was inside the shop, so he gave him a ring on his mobile as well.
““A short time later police arrived at the scene,” Mr Papalia said.”
True Crime News Weekly contacted NSW Police this week for comment about the criminal matters involving their colleague and Brotherton’s guilty pleas to several of the charges he was facing.
We queried as to why all the child sexual assault charges against Brotherton had been withdrawn and as to when NSW Police were initially alerted to the complaints regarding their now-criminal officer. We also asked if the public could have confidence in NSW Police not allowing for dangerous individuals to join its ranks.
“As the matter remains before the courts it would not be appropriate for us to comment further on the case at this time,” a NSW Police spokesperson said in response.
“However, the officer remains suspended without pay.”
True Crime News Weekly also made contact with Brotherton’s legal team. They did not respond to our requests for comment.
Brotherton is currently free on bail ahead of his next court appearance on February 19, 2019 at the Downing Centre Local Court.
As part of his conditions for bail, Brotherton cannot carry any weapons, nor approach schools or any of his alleged victims.