Cop may plead not guilty to computer misuse charges
A CALEN cop stood down from active duty over accusations he used a restricted computer without consent may plead not guilty to the allegations.
Senior Constable James Ian Hogg is accused under section 408E of the Queensland Criminal Code, which relates to computer hacking and misused.
He is charged with one count of using a restricted computer without consent.
It is alleged the offending occurred on June 6 this year at the Calen police station.
Sen-Const Hogg has been temporarily stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service and tasked to perform non-operational duties.
His matters were briefly mentioned in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday when Fisher Dore solicitor Sean Gibbs, acting as town agent for Gnech and Associates, requested a full brief of evidence.
“Mr Hogg is in a position to enter a plea of not guilty if the court required,” Mr Gibbs said, adding Sen-Const Hogg’s solicitor had been in contact with prosecutors and a brief was needed for case conferencing.
Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan said she did not need a plea to be entered.
A brief of evidence was ordered for January 20 and the case was listed for hearing mention the following month.