Wollongong cop denies attempt to kiss suspect

A Wollongong police officer who allegedly failed to charge a female suspect and then tried to kiss her has pleaded not guilty.

His senior colleague, who is accused of allowing the misconduct to take place, has also entered a not guilty plea.

Christopher Dove, 24, and Robert Simpson, 40, became the subjects of an internal investigation following allegations of wrongdoing while they were on duty at Fairy Meadow on November 5 last year.

Court documents state that on that evening, Dove refused to charge a female suspect so that he could make "sexual advances" towards her.

He then allegedly tried to kiss her.

Simpson, meanwhile, is accused of neglecting his duty by allowing his junior to carry out this misconduct.

Both senior constables were charged with neglect of duty in May, with Dove facing the additional offence of misconduct while in public office.

During a brief mention of the matter at Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday, the pair's legal representatives entered pleas of not guilty on their clients' behalf.

Dove is expected to eventually face a trial in the District Court for both matters.

Both men were attached to the Southern Region when the alleged offences took place.

Dove will reappear in court in August, while Simpson's matter will return in July.

AAP

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