Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Policeman faces child sex charges

A Sydney police officer appeared in court today charged with having sex with an underage child and possession of child pornography.

David Peter Stewart, 43, of Penshurst, was arrested by federal police on August 19 and suspended from duty.

Stewart was on secondment to a joint state and federal police uniformed security detachment at Sydney Airport.

He was arrested after officers raided his southern Sydney home on August 19 and allegedly found computer equipment, video and images of child exploitation.

Stewart was also charged with having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old child between March 12-13 this year.

What sparked the raid was not revealed in court today.

Magistrate Robyn Denes agreed to an application from Stewart's lawyer Eric Oates that he be allowed to continue his bail.

Stewart was ordered to reappear before the Downing Centre Local Court on September 30.

His bail conditions are that he cannot use the internet or go within 500 metres of any port of departure.


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