WA cop charged with child sex offences granted access to social media
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WA cop charged with child sex offences granted access to social media

A WA police sergeant accused of child sex offences has indicated he will plead not guilty to the charges.

Former police media operative Andrew Maher, 42, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday, seeking an amendment to his current bail conditions.

A suppression order on Mr Maher's identity was lifted in April.

A suppression order on Mr Maher's identity was lifted in April.Credit:Eddie Jim

Mr Maher allegedly sent an explicit video to a child under the age of 13, and encouraged a child under the age of 13 to commit an indecent act.

The offences are believed to have occurred between October 2 and 3 last year.

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Mr Maher was arrested after an investigation by the Child Abuse Squad into child sex offences, and was stood down from duty in the WA Police force.

He was charged with five offences, and a bail application was approved with a condition banning Mr Maher from accessing his social media networks.

While two of the original charges were subsequently dropped, Mr Maher's lawyer told the court a further seven charges filed back in July were still pending.

In court on Wednesday, Mr Maher indicated he intended to plead not guilty to all charges.

Mr Maher's council also sought changes to his bail conditions and argued it was important for his defense to access his social media networks.

The amendment was granted on the condition Mr Maher only access his social networks in order to help prepare his defense case.

The case has been adjourned to September 26.

Hannah Barry is a Fairfax Media journalist based in Western Australia, focused on breaking news.