Policeman accused of corruption
Pre-trial applications for Whanganui police officer Hayden Clifford Bradley, 30, accused of sexual corruption, were heard in the High Court at New Plymouth yesterday.
Bradley is charged with one count of corruption of a law enforcement officer in that he allegedly attempted to get sexual favours from a woman in return for not prosecuting her for disqualified driving.
While yesterday's proceedings, heard in chambers, cannot yet be made public, Justice Timothy Brewer permitted publication of the fact the applications were heard and that he reserved his decision.
Bradley has been suspended from his job since February.
He is represented by New Plymouth QC Susan Hughes while Crown solicitor Cherie Clarke is prosecuting.
In May, after Bradley's arrest, Central District Commander Superintendent Russell Gibson, of Palmerson North, said police sought consent from the solicitor-general to lay the charge after an allegation earlier this year that a police officer had sought a bribe in the form of sexual favours in return for not proceeding with a driving offence prosecution.
"As soon as the allegation came to light, the officer was stood down and a criminal investigation was launched. I am confident that as a result of that investigation this is isolated to the officer involved and does not involve any other officers."
At the time, Mr Gibson moved to reassure the Whanganui community that they had "a team with integrity and respect working on their behalf".
The matter was referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority, he said.
"As the case is before the court and is also subject to an IPCA investigation it is inappropriate for police to make any further comment," Mr Gibson said.
The laying of the charge of corruption of a law enforcement officer, under the Crimes Act 1961, requires police to gain consent of the solicitor-general's office.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of seven years' imprisonment.
Taranaki Daily News