A serving NSW Police officer has been charged with the sexual assault of a 9 YEAR OLD GIRL ! And was given bail !
We believe no one should be given bail when charged with sexually assaulting an innocent child, no one… especially a person in a position of power, like a currently serving Police officer, who may have used that power and trust to commit these heinous acts !
The New South Wales police officer has been charged with child sexual assault offences, following an investigation by the Professional Standards Command.
During the investigation launched last year into alleged historical offences, a report was made to police alleging a nine-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted in the Central Coast region in 2009.
Following the investigation, a 48-year-old man was arrested at Newcastle Police Station.
The senior constable, who was attached to the Local Area Command in the Northern Region, was charged with one count of sexual intercourse with a person under ten (rape) and two counts of aggravated indecent assault.
He was granted bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on February 23.
We at FACAA believe no one deserves bail after being accused of sexually assaulting a child..
But the fact he got bail, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised.
However, the fear that his position as a police officer would make him a target in prison should not be an excuse for bail, nor should his “good character.”
The fact is, whatever good character he once had went right out the window when he was accused of child abuse.
Surely it is time that we no longer allow “good character” to be a reason for leniency in abuse cases.
Now that we are aware of the grooming tactics used by abusers, it is irrelevant whether they appear to be a good person at work, or with their buddies.
We are well aware that most abusers come across as nice guys who would never hurt a child.
As always if anyone knows the child please let them know that FACAA will do all we can to help them with our Phoenix programs.
When a police officer, one of the protectors of our society, is accused of breaking the trust of their position to abuse the most innocent and vulnerable in our society…… we must take those accusations very seriously.
Most police officers do a wonderful job trying to keep our children safe, but especially with historical offences, we must look at not only the accusation in question but be aware that there may be many more just waiting to come to light.
A former Victorian police officer has been convicted of raping children during his time on the force.
The former officer, whose name has been suppressed to protect the identity of his victims, has pleaded guilty to 18 offences against nine children, including his own stepchildren, which were committed between 1967 and 1979.
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The Crown Prosecutor told the court that the officer asked one boy, who was under the age of ten, if he would like to see the police station. He took the boy to a room within the station that had a bed, then raped him.
On another occasion, a girl attended the police station for help after losing her mother at a nearby festival. The officer said he would look after her, then took her into the back of a police van and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Others victims included his three stepchildren, his children’s friends and neighbours.
The officer used his uniform to gain the trust of the children he molested. One woman whose son was abused reported the incident to police. Officers visited her at home the next day and assured her that the offender would not be in the police force anymore; but that did not occur.
It was only later that the organisation forced the officer to resign, but he was never arrested or charged over the offences. He gained employment in the private sector, going on to sexually assault children for at least another four years. He is now 66 years old.
The man’s stepdaughter, now 45, gave harrowing testimony in court, including how her stepdad held a police revolver to her head while raping her. She wept while remembering how she hoped he would pull the trigger and put her out of her misery. Instead, he forced her to suffer through years of “hell and his sick games”.
Her primary school was no refuge. “He would show up in police uniform, in the police car, police revolver … all the other kids thought it was cool”, she told the court.
He would take her home while everyone else in the house was away and rape her, before driving her back to school in the police car.
She described how, when she was nine, she went to her grandmother due to haemorrhaging. They initially thought she was having her first period; instead, a doctor advised it was a miscarriage.
“He is a monster,” she raged at her stepfather in court. “He needs to never see the light of day again … once a monster always a monster – he will never change.”
She testified that when she was 15, her grandfather helped her go to police and report the abuse, but was told the man “would probably get off because he was an ex-cop”.
Police began formally investigating the former policeman decades later, in 2011, and he was arrested in 2012.
He is serving a sentence for acts of a “similar” nature, and is due to be sentenced for the 18 offences in coming days.
IBAC probe into illicit drug use by police sparks fears public at risk
A PROBE into illicit drug use by police has sparked fears of rife use putting cops and the public at risk, according to a special anti-corruption report tabled in Parliament today.
The Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission special report exposes evidence of illicit drug use by police officers investigated by three operations over more than a year.
Operation Apsley, which started in June last year, was one of IBAC’s most intensive and complex investigations of Victoria Police staff misconduct.
During the probe IBAC investigated allegations of multiple police officers involved in the use, possession and trafficking of illicit drugs.
It revealed there was a group of police using illicit drugs regularly in their social lives.
Cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, LSD, and ketamine were the drugs being used.
Two other IBAC Operations: Hotham and Yarrowitch, also exposed illicit drug use by Victoria Police.
IBAC Commissioner Mr Stephen O’Bryan QC said illicit drug use and police work were incompatible.
He said the probe had also highlighted systemic weaknesses in Victoria Police’s current approach to preventing and detecting illicit drug use by its officers.
Allegations against eight police officers were substantiated as part of IBAC’s investigations, which led to charges being laid.
Two officers were charged with giving false evidence, misleading or attempting to mislead IBAC, and inciting a witness to mislead IBAC.
One officer has been charged with drug offences by the force.
Another officer has been dismissed, three have resigned, three are currently suspended and one returned to work after receiving an admonishment notice.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said illicit drug use would not be tolerated in Victoria.
“This investigation related to a small group of police officers, and Victoria Police has since taken appropriate action through criminal, disciplinary and management interventions,” she said.
“The Chief Commissioner has accepted all of the recommendations in the report, and the force will now review its policies and practices around drug use, drug testing regimes, education programs and support services.”
IBAC has found police who use illicit drugs were rationalising their off-duty criminality as being separate to their obligations as police officers.
Mr O’Bryan said the snapshot of illicit drug use led him to believe the practice was rife.
“IBAC is concerned that evidence from these investigations represents only a snapshot of a more widespread and serious problem for Victoria Police, with illicit drug use extending beyond the individuals and work groups exposed in these investigations,’’ he said.
“There is a clear opportunity for Victoria Police to improve the way in which they manage the issue and risks concerning illicit drug use by officers.
“Illicit drug use, possession and trafficking are criminal offences which contravene the oath or affirmation sworn by all police officers, as well as contravening the professional and ethical standards and values Victoria Police are required to uphold.”
He said those who engaged in illicit drugs were vulnerable to organised crime and could not be trusted handling lethal weapons.
“Police officers who use, possess or traffic illicit drugs not only make themselves vulnerable to blackmail or coercion and put themselves at real risk of being exploited by organised criminals, but they also present a health and safety risk to their colleagues and the broader community when they are making critical decisions or handling lethal weapons whilst impaired by illicit drugs,’’ he said.
“Police officers cannot be selective in choosing which criminal laws they will obey.’’
Mr O’Bryan has recommended the force clearly reinforce to its all its personnel on a “regular basis’’ that their off-duty behaviour was not separate to their on-duty competency.
He said a consistent standard of behaviour, whether on duty and off duty, was a must.
IBAC has recommended the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police Graham Ashton undertake a comprehensive review of the use of illicit drugs by Victoria Police officers.
Its policies, systems and practices to reduce the likelihood of police officers engaging in illicit drug activity should also be overhauled, he said.
The report recommends:
— clear policy on the use of illicit drugs and the consequences,
— identifying and manage risks,
— overhauling the drug testing regime
— improving training and communication
— support for officers who appear to be using illicit drugs,
Chief Commissioner Ashton has welcomed the report and has accepted the recommendations made by IBAC.
Mr Ashton has told IBAC he will review police policies and practices regarding drug use, recruitment and drug testing.
A final report will be submitted by the force within two years.
His Honour decided that a criminal record was necessary given the gravity of the assault, but that any greater punishment was unwarranted.
Queensland police officers, particularly those on the Gold Coast, have been in the spotlight recently for making unlawful arrests, committing acts of brutality during arrests and engaging in misconduct during ensuing investigations.
Many members of the general public have lost faith in the police force as a result – especially given that the vast majority of complaints are investigated by police themselves, with officers rarely disciplined let alone charged with criminal offences.
Senior Sergeant Hurley
This is not the first time Officer Hurley has been at the centre of controversy.
He was charged but acquitted of the manslaughter of Palm Island man Cameron Doomadgee in 2007.
During his recent sentencing proceedings, his criminal lawyers submitted that the officer was suffering from undiagnosed mental health problems due to Mr Doomadgee’s death and the breakdown of his marriage.
Magistrate Callaghan said that, despite those problems, there was no excuse for the assault and a strong message needed to be sent to offending officers.
“My view is police officers have to be deterred from behaving in the way you behaved on that day,” he told Hurley in court.
Queensland Police Union
However, the Queensland Police Union (QPU) has come out in support of Hurley.
“Police are in fear. Once you admit you have an issue or a psychological injury, you are banished and you’re banished for a long time,” QPU President Mr Leavers said outside court.
“Those right from the commissioner down need to put into practice what they are speaking. They say ‘we support those with mental health and psychological injuries’ … that is complete and utter rubbish.”
However, many are disappointed that the QPU and the police service itself has a tendency to excuse officers of wrongdoing, blaming criminal acts on the stress of the job rather than sending a strong message that brutality and misconduct will not be tolerated.
Bendigo child protection supervisor flees after police raid
FRIDAY: A supervisor with the Department of Health and Human Services child protection unit has fled after police raided his Bendigo home in relation to child pornography offences.
Cameron Allan, 44, is wanted for allegedly knowingly possessing child pornography.
Detectives from the Central Victoria Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation unit searched Mr Allan’s home earlier this week, but he has since fled.
Police are calling for public assistance to help them find Mr Allan, following the issue of a warrant to arrest.
Investigators have released an image of Allan in the hope someone may have information on his current whereabouts.
It is believed Allan may be driving a white Ford Mondeo sedan with the Victorian registration number YVJ107.
He may be heading towards the New South Wales area of Wagga Wagga and Gundagai.
Former WA police officer Matthew Chandler pleads guilty over drunken rampage
A Perth judge has been urged to jail an Army reservist and former police officer over what has been described as a bizarre drunken rampage that included smashing up a taxi and assaulting strangers who tried to help him.
- Former police officer Matthew Richard Chandler receives suspended sentence
- He assaulted six people and smashed up a taxi
- Chandler has no memory of the night and cannot explain his actions
Matthew Richard Chandler was off-duty from his job as a constable with the Central Metropolitan Region in December 2015 when a young couple discovered him sobbing on a street in Northbridge one night.
They stopped to help but he turned on them, grabbing the woman by the throat and forcing her onto the ground, the District Court was told.
Her 19-year-old boyfriend tried to fight Chandler off, but Chandler punched him several times before leaving the scene.
Chandler got into a London-style taxi, but during the journey home on the Mitchell Freeway he started kicking the perspex screen between him and the driver and a window, and it eventually smashed.
The court was told the damage obstructed the driver’s vision, so he swerved across the freeway to get to the emergency stopping lane before crashing into a metal barrier and badly damaging the taxi.
A struggle ensued when Chandler tried to take the keys from the driver, and he then used pieces of the broken perspex to try to assault two 16-year-old boys who stopped to try to help.
Police then arrived and while Chandler was sitting handcuffed on the side of the road, he kicked a police officer in the leg.
Chandler pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including common assault, attempted theft and assaulting a public officer.
Gold Coast police Sergeant suspended over alleged assault while on duty
A GOLD Coast police Sergeant has been suspended from the force after he allegedly assaulted a member of the public while on duty.
The 58-year-old male sergeant from the South Eastern Region has today been suspended from official duty with the Queensland Police Service.
The officer, is alleged to have assaulted a member of the public while on duty.
Ethical standards are investigating the incident, but will not comment on when it occurred or the circumstances surrounding it.
IBAC charges Victoria Police officer in relation to assault offences
Victoria’s anti-corruption commission, IBAC has charged a Victoria Police Leading Senior Constable with assault offences in relation to an incident in Hastings in March 1996.
The officer has been summoned to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 19 December 2016.
The charges follow an own motion review and investigation by IBAC of the handling of Ms Corinna Horvath’s complaints alleging police assault and associated Victoria Police disciplinary action.
IBAC can make no further comment on the matter as it is now before the Courts.
Cop who ‘invaded winemaker’s home’ may be unfit to plead
A SENIOR SA Police officer accused of invading and stealing from a Riverland winemaker’s home may be mentally unfit to stand trial, a court has heard.
On Tuesday, counsel for Detective Brevet Sergeant Jason Paul O’Malley said their client had been hospitalised over concerns for his emotional state.
They asked the Adelaide Magistrates Court to order O’Malley undergo assessment at the Repatriation Hospital before the future of his case is decided.
O’Malley, 38, of Loxton, is yet to plead to serious criminal trespass in a residential premises and taking property without consent.
If convicted, he faces a maximum 15-year jail term.
Prosecution documents, viewed by The Advertiser, allege O’Malley trespassed on the property of
Mallee Estate co-owner Arthur Markeas in October last year.
They further allege the father of three intentionally stole goods worth up to $30,000 including two video game consoles valued at $2500 or less.
Mr Markeas has declined to comment on the allegations.
O’Malley served seven years in the military, including in East Timor, and is also former Loxton RSL branch president and a volunteer for his local State Emergency Service branch.
He has been with SA Police for 14 years
The Advertiser has been told the case, which is being overseen by SA Police’s professional conduct section, has caused significant problems with several cases he had investigated.
One of those cases is the long-running prosecution of several people over the alleged theft of $2.5 million worth of high-performance V8 engine parts from the Holden plant at Elizabeth.
O’Malley has been suspended on pay since the charges were laid in November, but his alleged involvement in the offence was not announced at the time.
“(Police have) in the past stated the occupation of police who have been arrested for allegedly committing offences,” a spokesman said.
“However, due to the man serving in a country area, stating his occupation may have identified him prior to the court appearance.”
O’Malley’s case was first called on at the Berri Magistrates Court in November but he did not attend.
At the time, the court was told O’Malley was in the Repatriation Hospital suffering from post-traumatic stress.
On Tuesday, Sam Hooper, for O’Malley asked his client be excused again.
“I have a medical report … he was in the Repat, he was temporarily discharged but he’s back in hospital again,” he said.
“This matter raises some questions in regard to mental competency … inquiries need to be made.”
Magistrate Paul Bennett agreed to order a mental health assessment report and remand the matter to the court’s specialist mental health treatment listings.
He ordered the report be tendered, and O’Malley face court, in April.
A police officer has been charged with a high-range drink driving after allegedly crashing his car into a tree near Tweed Heads while more than four times over the legal limit.
Just before 1pm yesterday (Tuesday, January 31), police were called Leisure Drive, Banora Point, following reports a vehicle had hit a tree.
The driver, a 53-year-old police officer attached to the Northern Region, was subjected to a roadside breath test, which returned a positive result.
The policeman, who was off-duty at the time, was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he returned an alleged reading of 0.202.
He was issued a field court attendance notice for high-range PCA and will appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday, February 20.
Cop to stand trial over baby’s death
A QUEENSLAND police officer accused of murdering his baby son has been committed to stand trial.
Senior Constable Colin David Randall was charged with murder in February last year, 18 months after his two-month-old son allegedly succumbed to significant injuries at bayside Victoria Point, southeast of Brisbane.
The 38-year-old did not appear for the brief committal mention today, with a trial date yet to be set.
All of the above were posted over the past month, if I kept going back to the start of the year, I would be easily able to keep growing the list longer.
Ballarat Police Officers Being Held Accountable for Common Asault, of a Female
Two police members have been charged following Professional Standards Command and IBAC investigations.
A female Leading Senior Constable, from the Western Region, has been charged on summons with one count of common law assault.
A male Senior Constable, from the Western Region, has been charged on summons with two counts of common law assault.
The charges related to allegations of assault that occurred at Ballarat Police Station in January 2015.
Both members will appear in Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on 6 March.
The members have been transferred to non-operational duties.
Victoria Police Media Unit
Hopefully you’ll be next Minehan, Mifsud, Bosch and Quiring (if he even exists)
OPEN LETTER FROM A FORMER AFP AGENT TO SENATOR NICK XENOPHON
My employment as an AFP agent is obviously one of hundreds if not thousands you will receive from present and past AFP members.
I have been employed as a police member (in the) Australian Army Reserve Military Police, NSW Police Force, Australian Federal Police, (AFP) Melbourne Airport, secondment from Victoria Police, and at present in the Victoria Police.
I have been exposed to so many deceased persons via suicide, murder and have been noted as a “shit magnet” due to my constant involvement in some of the most notable incidents that have occurred within Victoria.
I witnessed a vehicle drive through a violent brawl outside a Laverton licensed venue where the vehicle ran over a victim and his son several times.
I performed CPR on the father in front of his injured son for over 30 minutes while the intoxicated crowd shouted abuse and threw bottles at me.
The offender returned on a bicycle to watch me while a Victoria Ambulance helicopter landed and aided me before the male victim was pronounced life extinct while I continued CPR.
With this in mind they fail to compare to the horror and personal pain I endured at the hands of the AFP.
During my employment as a uniformed AFP agent at Melbourne Airport I was exposed to a large number of security concerns. I identified a large number of procedural errors with enforcement of border security.
I made contact with a AFP “confidant” which is a fancy word for an AFP unsworn member who you can talk to about ethical and or criminal conduct within the organisation.
Soon after this I experienced sustained bullying and victimisation from other AFP members in regards to being a whistle blower.
This included my clothing locker being moved around within the building several times with pictures and writing on it stating, “have a glass of shut the f*ck up’ stuck on the locker door, my personal clothing, personal items and AFP uniform being removed and strewn around the building. I had my correspondence locker glued shut. My correspondence locker being searched contrary to AFP regulations which I was not present at, with no record of why it was searched.
When I took extended period of sick leave, notes were written on my public roster: ‘Rat, dog, poof, cock sucker’. I repeatedly found hand written notes on my car and in my lockers calling me a “rat, poofter” and other explicit and derogatory names.
I returned to work to find my AFP personal gun safe empty. I was advised my firearm was seized despite being contrary to AFP guidelines. I was also informed that a senior sergeant was contacting previous work locations to substantiate personal rumours about me being a homosexual and any other information that was negative.
I was then posted to a public counter area in the airport on what was relayed to me by other members as being punishment by sergeants for being a rat as they allegedly believed I hated the post. I was excluded from shared meals and social events.
I had never felt so isolated as a police member or a person in my life. I was contemplating suicide and was unable to obtain any form of treatment of help from the AFP or Victoria Police.
I took all of my personal recreation leave some nine weeks and was ignored by AFP PRS investigators.
I was (later) advised by AFP management that (the AFP’s psychiatrist) would no longer be assisting me and that AFP local management had made a recommendation that I was unsuitable to remain with the organisation and would be transferred back to Victoria Police.
At that time, I was suffering anxiety, depression and was suicidal. I was abusing alcohol and gambling and my long-term partner was suffering from my mood swings and other depression related symptoms.
The AFP had abandoned me. No employment, no welfare support of any kind and no member of the AFP within any department would reply to my written emails or calls.
I continually wrote to the AFP for an outcome of my complaints but no person replied.
I submitted over four FOI requests over four years and received nothing that detail the alleged investigation or any form of outcome.
I continued to write to the AFP and Commonwealth ombudsman as well as numerous other federal and state government agencies and ministers.
The majority of my allegations involving named AFP offenders, witnesses and other material was not investigated and to date no further actions has been taken.
I received no medical treatment after the AFP removed (its psychologist) from providing services to me.
I only received a small Comcare payment for permanent impairment in 2013 which was vigorously challenged by the AFP and over 35 per cent of the amount awarded to me was aid to legal providers.
I was denied any form of natural justice, access to a fair investigation of my allegations, victimised for being a whistle blower, denied any form of assistance or reposting while the investigation was being conducted or after it was allegedly resolved.
My treatment by the AFP drove me to almost lose my wife, my job with the AFP, I lost countless thousand gambling and drinking. My mental health has deteriorated and the outcome of being a whistle blower has cost me any form of upgrading duties, personal and professional development or any form of training and or courses with my current employer Victoria Police.
I lost my identity, my career, my personal savings and almost my life.
The AFP’s discourages and avoids reasonable responsibility, duty of care or to protect it’s AFP agents and general staff, because of an archaic mentality of systematically ignoring complaints and suppressing those injured with avoidance and sheer neglect.
From the moment, I spoke to the AFP as a whistle blower my life changed forever and the result is a broken man, no financial savings, poor health and strained marriage.
This is only a summary of what happened to me within my employment with the AFP and after the AFP.
I am prepared to read my allegations and treatment by the AFP in open parliament, cabinet or any public forum if required to assist with your guidance.
I wish to speak publicly in memory of those families of AFP, other state and territory families who lost family members to PTSD related injuries and sadly suicide.
I am disgusted by the lack of any form of reasonable support and accountability I experienced as a whistle blower in the AFP.