Brave girl who was sexually assaulted by a cop faces monster in court – revealing she’s been abandoned by her family since reporting the crime
- The girl, in her teens, was confronted by her abuser in a Sydney court on Friday
- The senior agent, who cannot be named, was found guilty in 2020
- I haven’t spoken to my mother in almost three years,” the victim said in tears
A girl who reported prolonged sexual abuse at the hands of a NSW police officer has been abandoned by her family, called a liar and accused of her grandfather’s lung cancer.
The girl, in her teens, faced her abuser in a Sydney court on Friday to describe her life of paranoia and fear resulting from years of abuse.
The senior officer, who cannot be named, was found guilty of two aggravated sexual assaults, four indecent assaults, child care and material crimes in 2020.
A NSW police officer has been found guilty of two aggravated sexual assaults, four indecent assaults, child care and material crimes.
“My whole family turned their backs on me. I haven’t spoken to my mother in almost three years,” the victim told the Parramatta court in tears.
“I needed my family, especially during my teenage years, but none of them cared.”
Her grandfather had been particularly critical of her, going so far as to blame his lung cancer for the stress caused by the woman’s reports.
In a 20-page post before the officer’s trial, the grandfather informed her that “everyone” hates her and that she would go to jail “if” the officer was found not guilty.
“My grandfather said a lot of hurtful things, including that I have mental health problems, and he made it all up,” the teen said.
That torment compounded the effects she is experiencing as a result of 11 years of abuse by the officer.
She is afraid of those in power. She is afraid that someone is watching as she undresses to take a shower. She is paranoid, people will recognize her when she builds a new life.
“It’s hard to make friends and build relationships because I’m aware that if they ever find out, I’ll be judged,” the teen said.
“The damage is permanent and every time I’m happy, the dark shadow is behind me as a reminder that life will never be normal.”
Judge Sophia Beckett noted that one of the main drawbacks was the impact on her relationships with her family, describing it as a “rather disturbing feature.”
But the Crown admitted that damages could not be used in determining the officer’s jail term because it was beyond the officer’s control.
The officer worked a lot with children while on duty, but his crimes are unrelated to his job.
He was suspended after his arrest in 2018.
He has lost significant weight since he was taken into custody following the jury verdicts in November 2020, the court was told on Friday.
His crimes and his old job meant he will likely be held in the strictest area of protection for his entire prison term, his attorney Ken Buckman said.
The girl appeared in court on Friday and outlined her life of paranoia and fear as a result of her years of abuse
“He will, in fact, lead a life of fear for a long period of time in custody,” Mr Buckman said.
“While in custody, he’ll be looking over his shoulder, that’s for sure.”
More than seven letters in support of the officer were filed in his defense case, as well as a report from a psychologist.
He will be sentenced on Wednesday.