Cop on assault charges

A NORTHERN Rivers police officer was charged with indecent assault yesterday following a two-month investigation into an alleged indecent assault in Goonellabah last year.

As reported by The Northern Star in December the constable, who is attached to Richmond Local Command, was stripped on his gun and placed on restricted duties while the alleged assault was investigated, overseen by the NSW Ombudsman's office.

The 29-year-old officer was yesterday served with a future court attendance notice, charged with assault with act of indecency and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Police media yesterday confirmed the 29-year-old officer had not been suspended following the laying of charges but his "duty status" was under review.

The charges relate to an alleged indecent assault of a woman at her home in Goonellabah on November 5.

The Northern Star reported last month the constable had attended an unofficial police gathering in the area and he later drove to the house of the woman he was in a casual relationship with.

The following morning, the woman attended Lismore Police Station to report the alleged incident.

The constable was immediately removed from his station and placed at another station within the command.

He is due to appear in Lismore Court next month.



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