Cop in court on child-sex charges

A QUEENSLAND Police Service liaison officer facing charges of indecently dealing with a child has appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court.

The officer, who cannot be named, appeared in the court yesterday morning with defence barrister Sarah Laikind. He was charged with seven child sex offences, all relating to the same girl.

The man was alleged to have indecently dealt with the child four times on September 12 last year.

On the same date he was alleged to have procured the child to commit an indecent act.

Two further indecent treatment offences were alleged to have been committed by the officer on unknown dates between September 1 and November 1.

Prosecutor Sergeant Craig Ryan suggested the case be transferred to the Bundaberg Magistrates Court because a Maryborough officer would be unable to prosecute the matter.

The accused worked for the Queensland Police Service and was stationed in the Maryborough district until the time he was charged.

Magistrate John Smith, however, ruled that the matter would be heard in Maryborough.

Mr Smith said a prosecutor from another police district could travel to Maryborough for court appearances.

The case was adjourned to March 23 and the officer was released on bail.



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