The Victorian Police Association may fund the legal defence of an officer accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Senior Constable Luke Alexander Donoghue, 34, is charged with procuring a child under supervision or care for sexual penetration, procuring a child under supervision or care for an indecent act, misconduct in public office and supplying alcohol to a minor.
He has been suspended without pay.
On Friday, he appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court for a committal mention hearing.
His barrister Tom Moisidis asked that the case be adjourned for three weeks while an application for police association funds was processed.
“Mr Donoghue may be entitled to funds from a certain body … the Police Association,” he said.
Mr Moisidis said the matter would be reviewed by the association next week.
He said if the application was granted it may mean that Donoghue would change solicitors to the firm preferred by the Police Association. This may cause a delay to the case.
The case was adjourned until March 18.
Donoghue had been based at a police station in Melbourne’s southeast.
The offences are alleged to have occurred between September 30 and October 24 last year when the girl was pregnant.