Sexting former South Coast cop convicted

Snatching firearms from holsters, fingerprint ink on phone receivers, and drunken lifts home in police vehicles were all part of police life on the South Coast.

Surprising details of police culture at the South Coast command emerged during the trial of former constable Danijel Radosavljevic, who indecently assaulted female police officers between 2010 and 2011.

Danijel Radosavljevic was found guilty in Wollongong Local Court on Thursday of four indecent assaults, one common assault, and one count of committing an act of indecency.

Radosavljevic, now of Sydney, exposed his penis and masturbated in front of one female officer.

The court heard it was common for Radosavljevic to discuss his need to masturbate, expose himself and send explicit text and picture messages, including a video of himself masturbating.

Radosavljevic resigned from the force in 2012 after the allegations surfaced.

Five women gave evidence against Radosavljevic during a January hearing.

Four of the complainants were police officers and one was a civilian.

The court heard Radosavljevic's misconduct began in 2010 when he sent one of the women a text message that said: "I bet you have a hot arse under those pants."

He went on to send her explicit picture messages including a man's groin wearing blue speedos, a penis and a man with an erection wearing blue police cargo pants.

The court heard the woman avoided Radosavljevic and told him she did not wish to receive any more messages from him.

By July 2011 the woman had made up a boyfriend in an attempt to deter Radosavljevic, but he exposed his penis to her and masturbated.

The next day he sent her a text message thanking her for the night before and saying: "Sorry you felt uncomfortable, I didn't mean for that to happen, I won't put you in that position again."

The court heard Radosavljevic slapped and pinched other complainants on the backside, sometimes in front of witnesses.

His pranks included placing fingerprint ink on door knobs or telephone handsets, wrestling and using sticky tape across pigeon holes or hallways.

Defence barrister Bryan Robinson claimed the charges had stemmed from a culture of horseplay, but Magistrate Susan McGowan rejected the explanations.

Ms McGowan ordered a sentencing options report be prepared and reserved her judgment until June 19.

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