A decorated Queensland police officer who accidentally recorded himself detailing how he would sexually exploit a child has been placed on three years’ probation.
In 2017, the senior constable, who is anonymous in court documents due to the nature of the allegations, drove a marked police vehicle while affected by prescription medication.
While driving, his body-worn camera recorded the officer talking to himself – in what was described as “disturbing detail” – about how he would sexually exploit a child if he had “two weeks alone with her”.
The child was later interviewed twice to ensure the comments were not acted upon.
The body-worn camera also caught the officer, who has been serving with the police force for 20 years, telling himself his driving was “getting worse” and he could not stay on the road.
The officer, who previously had an “unblemished record” and received a QPS medal of honour and awards over the years, also accessed confidential and official information on the QPS QPRIME system from March 2016 and June 2019, which was said to have had the potential to compromise two separate criminal investigations.
The information included multiple searches of family members, past associates, addresses and vehicles.
The officer, who admitted the allegations, was stood down in September 2019 and ordered to perform administrative duties for two charges of alleged misconduct.
Following a disciplinary hearing, Assistant Commissioner Maurice Careless ordered 12 months’ probation on several conditions, including a requirement that the officer enter a plan to manage his anxiety, depression and other stresses identified in a mental health report.