Trainee police officer charged with sexual assault ‘touched woman’s thigh’, court hears

A trainee police officer appeared in court for sexual assault.

Ryan Pointon, 28, is accused of touching a woman’s inner thigh with his hand on March 25 last year. He made his first court appearance on the matter this morning (Wednesday) and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Details of the sexual assault charge were read to him as he stood in the dock during the short hearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court. No plea was entered as a district judge said it had been decided the case should be transferred to Liverpool.

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District Judge Joanne Hirst said that due to Mr Pointon’s role as a trainee officer with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), he had been designated as a “special jurisdiction” case. The country’s senior district judge based in Westminster had ordered the case transferred from Manchester, she added.

“It is appropriate that you be treated outside of your work area,” District Judge Hirst said.

The case was adjourned. Pointon, of The Meadows, Prestwich, Bury, was ordered to appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on March 30.

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