Ex-officer sentenced on indecent assault charges

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A former police officer has been sentenced to home detention after pleading guilty to indecent assault charges.

Kimberlee Vollmer was sentenced on Monday on charges of indecent assault against four victims, and four charges of using a police computer unlawfully.

Inspector Chris de Wattignar says police acknowledge the sentencing today of former Police officer Kimberlee Vollmer.

Police began an investigation into the matters Vollmer was charged with in May 2017.

"While the investigation was ongoing Vollmer, who was a Sergeant in New Plymouth, was stood down from his duties,": says Chris.

He resigned in October 2017, while the criminal investigation was still ongoing and before any possible employment investigation could be completed.    

On Monday, the court heard how Vollmer  touched one woman's bottom and rubbed his erect penis against another victim while hugging her, the New Plymouth District Court heard on Monday.

He also pulled down the top of another victim and tried to lick her breast, and on a separate occasion pushed the same woman against the wall and kissed her neck and mouth.

Furthermore, on 96 occasions he accessed the police computer system to source confidential details of four women, one of whom was a complainant of the sexual offending.

"New Zealand Police expects high standards of behaviour from our staff that are reflective of our values," says Chris.

"We are deeply disappointed in the actions of Vollmer, which do not align to the professionalism and integrity of the 13,000 men and women of New Zealand Police who come to work every day to prevent harm in our community.

"Police commend the bravery of the victims who knew Vollmer’s behaviour was wrong and came forward to make a complaint.

"There is a robust process in place to manage complaints about staff conduct. 

"As evidenced by this prosecution, we do not hesitate to investigate and hold our people to account where appropriate."

Additional reporting by Stuff.co.nz

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