Sergeant on trial, charged with indecently assaulting colleague
Sergeant on trial, charged with indecently assaulting colleague

Senior cop on trial for groping colleague

A senior Queensland police officer allegedly grabbed a female colleague's bottom during a training exercise, later asking her "did I overstep a line?", a court has heard.

Sergeant Jason Scott Renwick, 49, is on trial in the Brisbane District Court and has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting the female officer during a training day last year.

Crown Prosecutor Brendan White told the court the alleged assault occurred during a training day involving a stairwell drill at Ithaca TAFE campus in Red Hill on February 6, 2019.

 

Sergeant Jason Scott Renwick pleaded not guilty to the indecent assault of a female constable. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
Sergeant Jason Scott Renwick pleaded not guilty to the indecent assault of a female constable. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled

 

The drill involved officers passing another officer, who was in a cover position, and tapping or squeezing them on the shoulder or lower leg before announcing when the "last man" had run the exercise.

Mr White said that the young constable was covering other officers in the drill when she was assaulted by Sgt Renwick as he ran past her.

"He put his cupped hand on the underside of her right buttocks and squeezed it and said 'last man'," Mr White said.

"He then continued to walk past her while laughing and said 'don't hit me'".

 

Mr Renwick is on trial for the alleged sexual assault of another junior officer. Picture: NewsWire / John Gass
Mr Renwick is on trial for the alleged sexual assault of another junior officer. Picture: NewsWire / John Gass

 

The court heard the young constable asked him "What the f---k was that?"

Later the Moreton Bay sergeant reportedly asked her "Did I overstep a line did I?" and she replied "Yes I'm okay, but it wasn't okay".

Mr White said two officers who witnessed the alleged assault would give evidence in the trial along with another junior constable who Sgt Renwick allegedly told he had "grabbed her a***…it was just a joke".

The alleged victim is expected to take the stand today.

Mr White argued that the jury could find what he termed an "ill considered joke" as indecent assault so long as they believed Sgt Renwick had deliberately touched her on the buttock.

Sgt Renwick's barrister Damian Walsh did not make an opening statement to the jury.

Judge Katherine McGinness is presiding over the trial which is expected to last three days.

Originally published as Senior cop on trial for groping colleague


CYCLONE WATCH: 200mm falls predicted as Niran approaches

Premium Content CYCLONE WATCH: 200mm falls predicted as Niran approaches

UPDATE: Heavy rainfall and possible gale-force winds are expected in Mackay and the...

Alcohol, drugs and sexual activity: Learning through theatre

Premium Content Alcohol, drugs and sexual activity: Learning through theatre

This year’s plot follows a teen named ‘Charlie’ who is getting ready for a year of...

Police blitz targets almost 300 drivers for drugs, alcohol

Premium Content Police blitz targets almost 300 drivers for drugs, alcohol

Where the Whitsundays operation was carried out and how many drivers were nabbed...