LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – A long-serving police officer accused of sexually violating a 12-year-old girl is still on full pay 10 months after first being charged.
The officer, whose name is suppressed, has been suspended since December last year and will appear in court on October 1 for a pre-trial conference. Police have also seized his work computer.
The officer’s lawyer, Philip Hall, told the Herald on Sunday his client vigorously denied the allegations.
Sources close to the case say the complaint arose after the girl confided in an adult friend.
A complaint was then laid with police and the matter was investigated. As a result, charges were laid.
The girl, the source said, had since undergone counselling and was now starting to “come out of her shell” again.