A Brisbane police officer is accused of sending ‘creepy’ messages to a 15-year-old, talking about her nude photos and calling her ‘beautiful’, a court has been told.
Matthew Paul Hockley has denied making sexual and suggestive comments to the teenage girl on Snapchat after interviewing her over the photographs that were being circulated at school.
The 33-year-old senior constable was working at the Inala Child Protection and Investigation Unit at the time.
Brisbane police officer, Matthew Paul Hockley (pictured), has been accused of sending ‘creepy’ messages to a 15-year-old schoolgirl
The girl told her mother Hockley had been messaging her inappropriately, the Brisbane District Court heard on Tuesday.
The teenager’s mother said her daughter told her Hockley complemented her a lot, saying things like ‘Morning, beautiful’.
The teenager said he also ‘tries to bring the conversation back to my nudes’, the woman told the court.
The girl’s father said his daughter referred to the officer’s messages as a ‘bit creepy’ and making her feel uneasy.
She told him the officer described her naked pictures as the best photos he had seen in the cases he had worked, referring to her backside, and offered to take her away for the weekend, while warning he slept naked, the father added.
The 33-year-old senior constable (pictured) denied making sexual comments to the girl
He also told the court his daughter said Hockley told her if ‘he couldn’t have her, he would take the next best thing which is her mother’.
The officer is also accused of commenting on sexual interactions between older men and girls, and talking about a 50-year-old man caught indecently touching his daughter, the court has been told.
Hockley contacted the girl on the social media app, allegedly telling her he wanted to make sure she was staying safe online, prosecutor Judy Geary said earlier.
Over three weeks from July 30, 2019 they sent more than 1000 chat messages and 30 images.
During the same period the senior constable also had a consensual ‘sexual encounter’ with the girl’s mother, the court was told.
Ms Geary said no messages could be retrieved during the investigation because Snapchat messages – which can include photos or text – are automatically deleted after being viewed. Senders are also notified if someone takes a screenshot of conversations.
The girl told the court Hockley (pictured) always tried to bring the conversation back to her nude photos and described her naked pictures as the best he had seen in all his cases
But the girl did take pictures of three conversations using another device, the court heard.
Defence barrister Matt Black said earlier Hockley admitted communicating with the teenager via Snapchat for several weeks.
But the content of messages – aside from those the girl photographed – is in dispute, Mr Black told the court.
‘The first issue for you is, can the prosecution prove those disputed messages beyond reasonable doubt?’ he told the jury in his opening address.
Mr Black asked the jury to also consider whether the prosecution could prove Hockley had an unlawful intention when he sent the messages.
Hockley pleaded not guilty on Monday to one count each of grooming a child under 16 with intent to procure engagement in a sexual act, grooming a child under 16 with intent to expose to indecent matter and using the internet to procure a child under 16.
The jury trial continues before Judge Bernard Porter.
Hockley pleaded not guilty on Monday to the litany of charges against him. Pictured: stock