Corrupt ex-cop avoids jail

Corrupt former Christchurch police officer Gordon Stanley Meyer has avoided a jail sentence on charges of bribery and indecent assault.

In the High Court at Christchurch today, Justice Graham Panckhurst sentenced Meyer to nine months home detention, and ordered him to pay $3000 to each of his two victims in reparation for emotional harm.

Meyer, 45, admitted telling a suspected drink driver that her charges would go away if she performed oral sex on him.

He also pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting an 18-year-old woman he groped while giving her a lift between pubs while on duty in his marked patrol car.

Justice Panckhurst gave Meyer credit for his guilty pleas, which came just two days before his scheduled trial, and his exemplary police record prior to his offending.

Meyer resigned from the police.

Assistant Police Commissioner Grant Nicholls earlier said police welcomed the conviction on behalf of the victims, adding that the police investigation remained open.

Police set up a dedicated freephone number, 0800 223 370, for people to come forward with information on Meyer.

Meyer had been on bail at a North Island address while he awaited sentence.

Meyer made no comment as he left the court.

- Cullen Smith of The Star

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