Top cop Kevin Burke found not guilty on sex charges

Kevin Burke has been found not guilty of four sex offences.

The senior Northland police officer was facing charges from two different complainants who both alleged he turned up to their homes unannounced over a period in 2002 and 2003.

He had been charged with two counts of indecent assault and two of sexual violation.

Burke was working at the Orewa Police Station when he met the women through separate crimes reported to him.

One complainant alleged an intoxicated Burke touched her genitals without her consent while he was spending the night in her spare room. He said she had consented to the sexual activity.

Another complainant alleged he rubbed his naked genitals on her body while they were in her bedroom, and that he did the same in the hallway of her home. He denied the two incidents ever happened.

That same complainant also said Burke exposed his genitals to her and forcefully performed oral sex on her without consent, which he also denied had happened. 

Burke's defence lawyers questioned the credibility of one of the complainants because she had said he had tattoos, which he does not. 

On Thursday he was cleared of all charges in the Auckland High Court.


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