A cop accused of the indecent assault of a female officer during a training exercise has told a jury it was an accident and he was embarrassed by the incident.
A cop accused of the indecent assault of a female officer during a training exercise has told a jury it was an accident and he was embarrassed by the incident.

Cop says he grabbed woman's bum by accident

A Queensland cop accused of grabbing a female constable's buttock during a training exercise has told a jury it was an accident and he was "embarrassed" by the incident.

Sergeant Jason Scott Renwick, 49, is on trial in the Brisbane District Court for the indecent assault of a female officer, who cannot be named to protect her identity, during a training day last year.

He has pleaded not guilty to the offence, which the crown say involved allegedly "cupping" the woman's buttocks during a training drill.

Crown Prosecutor Brendan White has told the jury the training exercise being undertaken on the day of the alleged indecent assault involved each person passing another officer, who was in a cover position, and tapping or squeezing them on the shoulder before the final officer in the line was required to say "last man".

Mr White alleged as Renwick passed the female constable he cupped her on the right buttock and said "last man" before laughing.

The court heard the constable allegedly said: "What the f*** was that?"

The jury heard Renwick is alleged to have replied: "Don't hit me".

Mr White said Renwick later approached the female constable and asked: "The thing on the stairs, did I overstep a line?"

Queensland Police Sergeant Jason Scott Renwick outside the District Court in Brisbane. Picture: NCA NewWire / Dan Peled
Queensland Police Sergeant Jason Scott Renwick outside the District Court in Brisbane. Picture: NCA NewWire / Dan Peled

The court heard the officer replied: "I'm OK but it isn't OK" and later made a criminal complaint against Renwick.

Mr White argued what he termed an "ill considered joke" was an indecent assault.

Taking the stand and giving evidence in his own trial, Renwick told the jury he had tried to grab the female officer on the hamstring but missed and squeezed her bottom.

He said he had been told by trainers that grabbing the hamstring was appropriate if the shoulder could not be reached or someone was on a set of stairs.

"I went for her hamstring and I've grabbed her and I said 'last man' and immediately realised I'd grabbed the lower part of her buttock," Renwick told the jury.

"I was really embarrassed after I grabbed her.

"I laughed and said: 'Don't hate me'."

The court heard the female officer allegedly said she was going to report Renwick after the incident.

The trial previously heard Renwick allegedly told another junior officer at a later date he had "grabbed (the female officer) on the ass".

"He said words to the effect he had grabbed (the officer) on the ass and he said to me it was a joke, he did it as a joke," the officer, who has been de-identified to protect the alleged victim, told the jury.

"I tried to change the topic as it made me feel a bit uncomfortable."

However, from the stand, Renwick dismissed this allegation, saying he had asked the officer if he had heard a rumour about the incident.

He said he told the other officer in frustration that the rumours were "a joke".

"I then proceeded to say how damaging rumours are about people in the workplace. I did that because I'm a sergeant and that was my job," Renwick said in evidence.

The sergeant on trial also told the jury from the stand after the incident at the training day he asked the female officer if she was OK.

He said he was asking to make sure any of the training exercises had not been triggering because she had attended a suicide in recent weeks.

Renwick claimed the female officer said once they were back at the station that she was OK but added: "Just so you know, people are making waves".

He said she told him people were making complaints and creating "dramas" at the station.

The trial continues, with closing addresses expected to begin on Friday.

Originally published as Cop claims grab of female's buttock 'accidental'



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