A SUPPRESSION order was granted in Mandurah Magistrates Court this morning preventing the publication of the address, name and image of a local police officer accused of child sex offences.
The alleged offences occurred on October 2 in Mandurah when the accused allegedly exposed a child under the age of 13 to indecent matter and encouraged the child to commit an indecent act over Facebook.
Counsel for the accused also applied for protective bail conditions to be lifted, which prevented the accused from being alone with his children.
Magistrate Anne Longden granted a change to these bail conditions.
She referenced a letter from the accused’s wife which said she would face hardship raising the children if her husband was not allowed to be alone with his children.
However, the accused is still not allowed to be alone with other children.
The court heard he has been stood down at work and resigned from the local clubs he was involved with.
Counsel for the accused also asked that the court be closed to the public during proceedings but Magistrate Longden ruled that this was not in the public’s interest.
In regards to the suppression order, she agreed that it was in the public’s interest to know the identity of the police officer, but she had concerns this knowledge would identify the victim.
The victim is a close personal friend of the accused’s son.
Internal Affairs and Child Sex Squad officers were in court during proceedings.
There was an audible groan when the suppression order was granted.
The accused was wearing a suit and tie for his appearance, but was not required to plead to the charges.
Before he was called to the bench he was chatting and smiling with police officers.
He was ordered to reappear in December in Perth Magistrates Court.