A NSW POLICEMAN was charged yesterday with raping a young child.
The Southern Region senior constable was charged with aggravated sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10.
He also faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Despite the seriousness of the charges it took police four days to publicly release details.
The senior constable was handed a court attendance notice on Thursday but a media release about the charges were not released publicly until 9.07pm last night
A NSW police spokesperson said the reason for the delay was “internal approval processes”, which must go to Assistant Commissioner level before being approved.
“As per NSW Police protocol, a media release was issued once the appropriate approval processes were completed.”
A NSW Police spokeswoman declined to confirm the officer’s age or if he had been stood down.
He will appear in Goulburn Local Court on 18 June.