Australian police officer charged with 15 rapes

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A former policeman accused of sexual harassment and soliciting child pornography has had 15 rape charges added to his long list of allegations against him. 

29-year-old Vaughan Hildebrand has been in jail since June last year after a total of 10 women alleged they were sexually harassed by him.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that two more women have come forward, and one has accused the former constable of repeatedly raping her in 2010. 

Hildebrand has been charged with 14 counts of rape from that woman’s allegations. He further faces a total of 15 counts of sexual intercourse without consent and 12 of using a carriage service to harass and intimidate.

Acting Assistant Commissioner David Donohue said at the time of Hildebrand’s arrest he was ‘horrified’ by the allegations.

The Daily Telegraph reports Donohue as saying, ‘We are entrusted as police officers to uphold the law and while these are allegations, any misuse of trust is a serious ­matter.’

Hildebrand is due to appear at Central Local Court on February 15.

This article originally appeared on New Idea.

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