It is reported that 50-year-old former police officer from Western Australia, Adrian Moore has allegedly committed 108 sexual offences against women whom he met from multiple online dating apps.
The man from the Perth suburb of Kelmscott allegedly sexually assaulted at least 8 women over a period from 2010 through to 2018.
Western Australia Police have said, “The man is a former police officer, resigning from the Police Force in May 2018 after he was charged by the Internal Affairs Unit.”
Police allege that during 2010 – 2018, while he was a police officer, he arranged via dating apps to meet women. During some of those dates, he allegedly sexually assaulted women.
Amongst the one hundred and eight sexual charges he now faces, 34 of those charges are allegations of sexual penetration or rape. 32 out of the 108 charges are aggravated penetration, whilst 3 is assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
He has also been charged with using a dating rape drug (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/05/ex-police-officer-in-western-australia-charged-with-108-sexual-offences-including), which comprises of 8 of the 108 charges.
Police further allege that the former police officer used his position as a police officer at the time, as a position of power to pressure and intimidate the alleged victims.
The women are all aged in their 40’s.
Police will allege that the main reason why the complaints did not surface earlier, given the delay in complaints to police, is because of his position of power at the time.
Simone Van Sluys (https://7news.com.au/news/wa/former-wa-police-officer-charged-with-108-sexual-offences-c-730702), Acting Inspector has expressed her views of him as a sexual predator and said, “we have recordings that will support some of the evidence, however, there are potentially many more victims out there that have not reported to police.”
“I don’t think this investigation is anywhere near finishing.”
Police have requested that any woman who have more information to report it to police.
Ms. Sluys said, “I think they were embarrassed. I think there’s a lot of dynamics that exist here for victims of a sex crime and also to add to that, him being a police officer.”
“I want to stress and assure any women out there who are grappling with that decision, any information they supply police, it is their decision if they want to go to court.”
The 50-year-old former police officer has also been a nominee for the WA Police Officer of the Year.
He has been refused bail and remains in custody, scheduled to next appear in court on 26 March 2020.
He is likely to apply for bail on his next court appearance. But for now, he will likely be in protective custody due to his former position as a police officer (which is usually the case in such circumstances).
Sexual Assault Charges NSW (https://www.criminaldefencelawyers.com.au/blog/defences-and-penalties-for-sexual-assault-offences-in-nsw/)
In NSW, any section 61I Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) (https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/act/1900/40/part3/div10/subDiv2/sec61i).
The offence of sexual assault is considered a ‘strictly indictable’ offence, which means that anyone charged with it must end up having the case finalised not in the local court, but the District Court (a higher court).
Whilst it must be finalised by way of sentence or trial in the District Court, this charge can be withdrawn earlier in the local court earlier in the proceedings through effective negotiations by a defence lawyer. This is because the charge will commence in the local court before it makes its way to the District Court after the charge(s) is ‘certified’ by the DPP.
The crime of sexual assault, if proven by police carries a standard non-parole period of 7-years jail. This represents the bare minimum full-time custody before being eligible for release back into the community on parole.
However, the standard non-parole period is only engaged if the case falls in the middle-of-the-range of objective seriousness for such offences.
The court is not required to strictly impose the 7-year standard non-parole period even where the offence falls in the mid-range of objective seriousness. It’s used by the courts as a yardstick to assist in reaching a fair sentence outcome.
How can the prosecution prove an accused person committed ‘sexual assault without consent” in court? The prosecution bare the onus of proving that the accused committing this crime beyond reasonable doubt.
The prosecution can only prove this if it manages to prove each of the following elements of the crime of sexual assault beyond reasonable doubt in court:
- The accused person has ‘sexual intercourse (https://www.criminaldefencelawyers.com.au/blog/defences-and-penalties-for-sexual-assault-offences-in-nsw/)’ with the complainant (alleged victim).
- The alleged victim did not consent to this.
- The accused person was aware that the alleged victim did not consent to this.
If a defence to sexual assault charges (https://www.criminaldefencelawyers.com.au/blog/defences-and-penalties-for-sexual-assault-offences-in-nsw/) apply, the case can be negotiated with police by a criminal lawyer to get it withdrawn early.