Tayside and Central Scotland

Tayside Police officer denies sending indecent messages

A police officer is to stand trial accused of sending "grossly offensive or indecent" messages.

The 46-year-old officer is alleged to have sent messages of an "obscene or menacing character by means of electronic communications".

They are alleged to have been sent between 5 November and 12 December last year from his home in Dundee.

The officer denied an offence under the Communications Act when he appeared in court.

He was due to appear for a pre-trial hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court on Monday.

But court officials said his case had been "accelerated" - with a brief hearing on the case held last Friday.

The officer will now stand trial in December, and was ordered to attend a pre-trial hearing early that month.

A spokesman for Tayside Police said the force could not comment on whether the officer had been suspended from duty over the case.

However, he added: "We can confirm that a 46-year-old male police officer was charged in connection with an offence under the Communications Act.

"As proceedings are currently active it would be inappropriate to make further comment."

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