Monday, January 14, 2013

Tweed police officer charged with misconduct after allegedly having sex at police station

A TWEED Coast policeman who allegedly had sex with a woman at the local police station has been charged with misconduct.

The officer's gun was allegedly used in the offence and he is also facing weapons charges.

Kingscliff officer Sergeant Mark Anthony Garner, 48, was charged with misconduct, possessing an unauthorised pistol and allowing an unauthorised person to possess a pistol.

He did not appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday to answer the charges but was represented by a solicitor.

A police charge sheet alleged the offences happened at Kingscliff police station between 2am and 4am on September 16 in 2011.

Sgt Garner was charged in November after an internal investigation and has been suspended.

The misconduct charge alleges he had "sexual intercourse with a female at a police station whilst on duty and involving the misuse of a prohibited pistol" - his police-issue Glock.

He also allegedly "aided and abetted" the possession of the gun by the woman.

Sgt Garner is also charged with not taking reasonable precautions to ensure that the prohibited weapon did not come into the possession of an unauthorised person.

The case was adjourned to Lismore Local Court on March 19.

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