A federal police officer accused of 22 child sex offences will plead not guilty to all charges, his lawyers told a court on Friday.
The officer, a 35-year-old from Palmerston who cannot be identified after his name was suppressed, is accused of 17 counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 16, maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person, grooming and acts of indecency.
He is not in custody.
The man had been summonsed to court on Friday to face the charges, but was not present while a lawyer appeared in his place.
During the brief mention in the ACT Magistrate's Court, defence lawyer Bridie Harders asked that the man's name be suppressed, saying its publication could identify the alleged victim.
Prosecutors agreed to the suppression, but the director's representative Vivian Wei said her office may revisit the question after having an opportunity to investigate it further.
Magistrate Louise Taylor granted the application.
In a statement, the AFP said the officer was suspended from duty in June following an investigation by ACT Policing's sexual assault and child abuse team.
"All AFP members are expected to behave at all times in a manner that upholds the organisation's core values, reputation and integrity - consistent with community expectations," the statement read.
The case is next due in court on September 20 for a pre-hearing mention.