Cop groper warned about severity of her actions

A WOMAN who groped a female police officer after being charged with drink driving at more than three times the legal limit was warned in Gympie Magistrates Court about the severity of her actions.

Kirra-Lea McLoughlin, 27, was under arrest at the Gympie watch house in the early hours of April 13, when she reached over an officer's shoulders and grabbed her on the breasts.

"Oh, did I sexually harass you, did I?" McLoughlin said to the officer.

Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told McLoughlin the actions were not only offensive to the officer as a person, but also disrespectful to the community as the officer had been appointed to protect it. She said because of that, charges of assaulting police were dealt with by a heavy hand.

"An assault of that nature is quite serious, even though it's female on female," she told McLoughlin.

The court heard McLoughlin was celebrating her birthday in Gympie's CBD and tried to drive home with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.176%. She said she had been going through a stressful period at the time of the offences. She pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, a charge reserved for drink driving offences over a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15%, and to assaulting police. She was given six months probation and disqualified from driving for nine months.

Gympie Times


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