Ex-policeman fronts court
A FORMER policeman turned church leader is on trial in a Sydney Court over the alleged sexual abuse of four young girls.
Wayne Paul Mason, 42, has pleaded not guilty to 37 counts of sexual assault, 14 counts of producing and disseminating child pornography and one count of perverting the course of justice.
Police allege that between 1996 and 2005, Mr Mason sexually interfered with girls who attended the youth group he led at a Sydney church.
According to the Herald, Mr Mason was still a serving police officer when he allegedly "rolled on top of a 15-year-old girl and kissed her at a sleepover inside the church".
It is alleged years of abuse followed and at one point Mason penetrated the girl and said "now we are one".
Mr Mason is also accused of grooming two girls aged 13 and 14.
A police investigation was reportedly sparked in 2010 when another victim, who by then was in her early 20s, Googled her name online and was confronted with sexually explicit photos taken of her and other girls.
Mr Mason is no longer a police officer.
The trial began on Wednesday and is expected to continue until at least the end of the week.