NSW police officer gets good behaviour for festival groping
A Bankstown policeman who was drunk and shirtless when he grabbed a stranger on the crotch at a music festival has escaped jail time.
Constable Mitchell Willey pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a woman at the DefQon Music festival in September 2017.
Today he was sentenced to a two-year community corrections order and good behaviour bond.
The court heard Constable Willey was drunk when he approached the female partygoer outside a toilet cubicle at the festival.
However, his groping was witnessed by a patrolling police officer who arrested him, realising afterwards he too was also an officer.
Willey’s lawyer told the court it was “a couple of seconds of absolute madness”.
“This is an enormous error of judgement that he is now paying an enormous price for,” his lawyer said.
The court heard it was Willey’s lifelong dream to become a police officer.
For the past 13 months, he has been suspended on full pay, and it will now be up to the Commissioner if he keeps his job.