Met police officer on duty in court charged with ‘sexually assaulting co-worker in the line of duty’
A SERVING Met police officer appeared in court charged with ‘sexually assaulting a colleague in the line of duty’.
PC Joseph Demir, 24, is accused of sexually assaulting a man two years ago when he was a rookie police officer at Hendon Training School in north London.
The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, reported the offense on July 1, 2020.
Demir, attached to the North West Base Command Unit, still works for the Met but has been placed in restricted duties.
Appearing in court for the first time today wearing a blue suit, white shirt and brown shoes, he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
He also said he understood court procedures when he appeared at Willesden Magistrates Court.
Demir, of Welwyn Garden City, Herts, did not plead guilty to the alleged offense but the charge was read to him by the clerk of court.
He is due to enter a plea at Westminster Magistrates Court on April 28.
Demir was released on bail on the condition that he not contact his alleged victim directly or indirectly.
Prosecuting Louise Ahmad told the five-minute hearing: ‘The Crown requests that a condition be attached to his bond, of no direct or indirect contact with the plaintiff.’
Demir’s attorney, Mick Titchener, did not object to adding the condition.
Bench chairman Michael Herlihy told Demir: “This matter will be heard in Westminster Magistrates’ Court where the Chief Magistrate will have jurisdiction over this matter.
“You are released on bail. You should not contact the plaintiff directly or indirectly, including through third parties or social media.”
Demir will also face misconduct charges in court if found guilty.