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The Offence of Sexually Touching a Child Aged 10 to 16

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A 42-year old police sergeant has been charged with three counts of sexually touching a child aged 10 to 16, as well as two counts of indecent assault. The officer, who is attached to the North West Metropolitan Command, was...

The Rules Relating to Commencing and Discontinuing Criminal Prosecutions in NSW

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Victoria is facing a barrage of criticism after withdrawing the criminal charges against a de-frocked Catholic Priest. The complainant, now in her early 60s, has spent nearly a decade trying...

NSW Police Officer Loses Appeal Against Conviction for Sexual Touching

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A sergeant of the New South Wales Police Force with 25 years of experience has lost a District Court Appeal against his conviction for sexual touching. District Court Judge, Jennie Girdhan, has thrown out the appeal by Sergeant Ronald Tarlington,...

Complainant’s History of False Sexual Assault Allegations is Inadmissible

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In a recent decision, a five judge bench of the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) ruled that legislation which prevents criminal defence lawyers from asking questions to complainants in sexual assault cases about their sexual history extends...

NSW Police Officer Remains on Force Despite Being Guilty of Sexual Touching

by Sonia Hickey
Sexual harassment remains rife within the New South Wales Police Force, despite the organisation’s stated commitment in 2019 to improve its culture. All talk but little action Despite its public statements, the New South Wales Police Force has allowed one...

The Law, Penalties and Defence for Sexual Touching in New South Wales

by Sonia Hickey
It has been reported that at around 7.30pm on Friday, 27 December 2019 a 41-year old man from Hurstville Grove in Sydney’s south stopped an 18-year old door-to-door salesperson as she was walking on a street, lured her into his...

NSW Police Officer Charged with Sexual Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A 22-year old Sydney Police officer has been accused of raping one woman and groping another in separate incidents that are alleged to have occurred last year. The probationary constable was arrested at Granville Police Station following an investigation by...

#MeToo: Male Model Accuses Katy Perry of Sexual Misconduct

by Ugur Nedim
A model in megastar Katy Perry’s 2010 hit music video, Teenage Dream, has accused the singer of exposing his penis to a group of people. 34-year old Josh Kloss took to Instagram on Monday alleging that he and Ms Perry...

The Offence of Sexual Assault in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim
A Sydney doctor has been sentenced to a minimum term of 11 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual offences against 10 patients over a six-month period between September 2016 and March 2017. 62- year old Sharif Fattah...

Strip Searches: State-Perpetrated Sexual Acts

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
NSW police use of strip searches hasn’t just risen in recent times, but almost become routine. Over the four years ending in June 2018, its general use rose by 47 percent, while last year, 11 percent of persons in respect...

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