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Police officer Matthew Townsend, 28, allegedly used a girl with alcohol and vapes for sex, Sydney, NSW

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EXCLUSIVE: How a young cop who met a 15-year-old girl at school while investigating a sexual assault allegedly used the opportunity to nurse a student before tainting her with alcohol and vapes: ‘Aberrant sexual desire’

  • Matthew Townsend, 28, accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl twice
  • Court heard he met the teen while investigating a sexual assault case against her
  • She would have sent her messages ‘make an appointment’ and offered alcohol and vapes
  • His parents offered $5,000 bail to secure his bail, but the application was denied
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Pictured: Matthew Townsend, now 28

Pictured: Matthew Townsend, now 28

A young cop accused of raping a teenage girl with alcohol and vaping in exchange for sex met the alleged victim at a high school while investigating a sexual assault against her, a court has heard.

Matthew Townsend, from Gregory Hills in Sydney’s southwest, was arrested on… on Saturday around 8 p.m. and charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old.

The 28-year-old was dressed in prison blues as he appeared in court in Campbelltown on Tuesday, via video link from Parklea Prison, while his lawyer asked for bail on his behalf.

Townsend kept his eyes down as the prosecutor said the case against him was “strong” and that detectives had obtained “electronic evidence.”

“Messages have been sent to the victim to make an appointment and offer alcohol and vapes in exchange for sex,” she said.

Matthew Townsend was dressed in prison green when confronted by Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday (pictured)

Matthew Townsend was dressed in prison green when confronted by Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday (pictured)

Matthew Townsend was dressed in prison green when confronted by Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday (pictured)

Legal aid attorney Kristiana Domadyous filed for bail on Townsend’s behalf after his parents offered $5,000 bail.

She claimed it was Townsend’s first offense and that the case would “take time to conclude.”

“He has responded to the investigation and to the police,” she told the court. ‘He also helped hand in a piece of clothing.’

Ms Domadyous said Townsend lived in Gregory Hills with two other police officers but would be willing to stay at his parents’ home in Wollongong if they were released on bail.

She said he was willing to agree to a curfew, not enter the victim’s suburb, or contact her or her friends, or the school they attend.

However, the prosecutor said the charges were “serious” and that Townsend “will most likely be convicted.”

She argued that bail should be denied out of concern that he may not appear in court or contact the victim.

“He met her at school while investigating a sexual assault against her and then groomed her with vaping and alcohol,” the prosecutor said.

‘The complainant is very young and impressionable.

“There’s a concern that he could contact her and the police wouldn’t be able to detect it, as he has previously communicated with the victim through encrypted apps, including Snapchat, where messages are time-limited.”

Townsend was arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday and charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old and misconduct.  He worked for NSW Police (stock image)

Townsend was arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday and charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old and misconduct.  He worked for NSW Police (stock image)

Townsend was arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday and charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old and misconduct. He worked for NSW Police (stock image)

She explained that there were also concerns that further offenses would be committed against children as he held a trusted position in the community and “abused” that trust.

Magistrate David Degnan agreed with the prosecution and refused bail.

“This is a deviant sexual desire and frankly an overwhelming thing,” he told the court.

“I am not convinced of the safety of the community if you are released and there is strong corroborative evidence.

“I’m not prepared to grant you bail.”

Townsend has resigned without pay while his employment status is reviewed.

He has been remanded in custody to appear before the Campbelltown local court on November 30 via video link.