A Brisbane child protection officer was found guilty of caring for a 15-year-old girl he met during an investigation.
Matthew Paul Hockley, 33, was a senior police officer in Inala’s child protection and investigation department when he sent the teenager a series of sexualized messages on Snapchat, including stating that she was a « nude photography specialist. »
The chief police officer was tried in Brisbane District Court after pleading guilty to caring for a child under the age of 16 for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act.
After six hours of deliberation, a jury acquitted Hockley this afternoon on charges of foster care in order to expose themselves to indecent matter, but found him guilty on the other two charges.
During the trial, prosecutor Judy Geary told the court that Hockley and the girl exchanged more than 1,000 messages after interviewing them over nudes distributed around their school.
Ms. Geary told the court that Hockley was having a sexual encounter with the girl’s mother at the time, and reported this to the teenager as well.
The court was told that in the messages sent between July and August 2019, Hockley expressed his attraction to « girls who call boys ‘daddy’ during sex » and said the girl’s « a– should be adored ».
« He also mentioned that she could take nude photos professionally, called her cute and … said ‘hi beautiful,' » Ms. Geary said.
The court heard the girl used her mother’s iPad to take screenshots of three Snapchat calls on her phone so as not to alert Hockley, but there was no photographic evidence of the other messages.
Attorney Matt Black said Hockley did not deny speaking to the girl but it was up to the prosecutor to prove the contents of the controversial news.
« Prosecutors also say that Mr. Hockley sent a number of other messages, quite shocking ones, but there are no photos of them, no screenshots, » attorney Matt Black told the jury.
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