NSW Police graduate allegedly had sex with 15-year-old girl and paid for abortion

Read the alleged text message exchange between rookie cop and a 15-year-old schoolgirl as he’s accused of paying her $800 to have an abortion after he plied her with alcohol and got her pregnant

  • NSW Police officer allegedly had sex with 15-year-old girl, court heard on Friday
  • Matthew Townsend allegedly impregnated teenager and paid for abortion 
  • Court heard he contacted girl on social media before plying her with alcohol 

A police officer graduate allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl before giving her $800 to pay for an abortion, a court has heard.

NSW Police probationary constable Matthew Townsend, 28, has been accused of plying her with alcohol and vapes before impregnating her.

Townsend was arrested in October and fronted the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

Prosecutors will allege he contacted the teenager on social media in August and sent her a message suggesting they ‘hook up’.

A police officer graduate allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl before impregnating her and giving her $800 to pay for an abortion, a court has heard (stock image)

A police officer graduate allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl before impregnating her and giving her $800 to pay for an abortion, a court has heard (stock image)

They will allege Townsend gave her alcohol and vapes before having sex with her on two occasions in August and September, Daily Telegraph reported.

Prosecutors will allege he then sent her $800 for an abortion after finding out she had become pregnant. 

Messages exchanged between the pair were presented to the court showing Townsend had allegedly written: ‘I’ll end up going to jail if someone finds out.’

The teenager allegedly responded, ‘Just pull out next time or wear a condom.’ 

Townsend allegedly replied: ‘I understand, however if you’re keeping it (the baby) then no-one can know I’m the father, please promise me that.’ 

The police officer was charged with one count of misconduct in public office and two counts of having sexual intercourse with a child aged between 14 and 16 years. 

Townsend was arrested in October and fronted the NSW Supreme Court on Friday

Townsend was arrested in October and fronted the NSW Supreme Court on Friday

His lawyer Greg Stanton said his client was seeking bail and had acted out at a time when he was facing a great deal of stress in his life.

He said Townsend had been unable to leave his cell while he was on remand as it was not safe for a police officer to mingle with the general population in prison.

Mr Stanton told the judge his client would live with his parents if he was released. 

Justice Robert Hulme denied bail and the case was adjourned to Campbelltown Local Court next year.

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