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Investigation under way into policeman

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/04/2017

File. photo of a New Zealand police officer © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images File. photo of a New Zealand police officer An investigation is under way after a woman alleged had been sexually abused by a police officer.

The woman, who now lives in Australia, laid a complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority in April, the Sunday Star Times reports.

Police are also investigating but wouldn't comment on the specifics of the case.

"We are seeking to speak to the complainant in order to gather further information on the allegations as reported in the media," a police spokeswoman said on Saturday.

"As police have the same privacy obligations as any other employer we are unable to comment any further," she said.

The woman alleges that more than 10 years ago the police officer took advantage of her after arresting her partner on domestic violence charges.

The officer initially called her and visited her house, then brought her flowers, invited her on a date and started calling her "spice".

She says he went on to sexually assault her.

She thinks more victims may come forward if the officer's name becomes public.

The officer currently serves in Northland in a senior role, and has been stood down while the matter is investigated, but the offending is alleged to have taken place in another region, the newspaper reports.

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