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01-19-08, 05:13 PM #1
Rape-accused police officer granted bail
Friday January 18, 06:51 PM
A Victorian police officer facing multiple rape and drug charges has been released on bail.
A Melbourne magistrate said he was satisfied the officer was not a sexual predator.
Huy Quach, 33, a senior constable at a station in Melbourne's east who has been suspended without pay, applied for bail in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday.
He faces 20 charges including four counts of rape, 11 for drug offences and a charge of perverting the course of justice.
Quach - a police officer for 12 years - is accused of raping three women between May 2004 and July 2007.
He is also accused of offering cocaine to a 17-year-old girl and of trying to bribe another police officer with a slab of beer over a relative's penalty notice for a traffic offence.
A forensic psychologist who examined Quach told the court that he did not think Quach was a sexual predator.
Geoffrey Cummins said his client was unlikely to reoffend if released on bail.
"It is most improbable that he is a sexual predator," Mr Cummins told the court.
Mr Cummins said Quach had told him he began using ecstasy and amphetamines when he was aged 25.
Between December 2005 and July 2006 Quach had undergone psychiatric treatment in relation to his drug taking, Mr Cummins told the court.
"I have no doubt Mr Quach is psychologically dependent on drugs," Mr Cummins said.
In seeking bail, Quach's lawyer Tony Hargreaves told the court his client had no relevant prior convictions and had the support of his family, who were willing to provide a substantial surety.
Magistrate Paul Smith said he was satisfied that Quach would not be a risk to the community if released on bail.
"On (Mr Cummins') evidence I don't accept that Mr Quach is a sexual predator," Mr Smith said.
He released Quach on bail on the condition that he pay a $100,000 surety, report to Sunshine police station three times a week, abstain from using illicit drugs, undertake a drug rehabilitation program, reside with his parents and not leave their house between 10pm and 6am.
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