A former New South Wales Police officer has been charged with allegedly raping a colleague and allegedly touching two other colleagues over a two-year period.

Appearing in Manly local court on Monday, Matthew Cameron, 31, faced charges of one count of sexual intercourse without consent and seven counts of sexual touching without consent.

Openly gay Cameron, who has volunteered for St John Ambulance in the past, also participated in a Marriage Equality photoshoot leading up to the Marriage Equality referendum in 2017.

New South Former Wales Police officer Matthew Cameron
New South Former Wales Police Officer Matthew Cameron

According to The Daily Telegraph, Cameron appeared in court with his solicitor Andrew Hamilton and an older couple, who were believed to be his Cameron’s alleged inappropriate behaviour while he was a Constable has been under investigation by the NSW Police Force Professional Standards unit since mid-2023, resulting in his charging in May 2024. He resigned from the force at the end of 2023.

The former constable remains on strict conditional bail, residing at a Pokolbin address in the Hunter Valley, until his next court appearance on July 31.

NSW Police defended their decision not to issue a media release following Cameron’s arrest in May, stating, “There are times when the NSWPF do not release information on investigations, arrests or court proceedings for operational reasons, which could include information which may hinder or jeopardise an investigation.”

The decision not to be transparent with the public has been questioned, especially following the internal scrutiny of NSW Police after the murder of Jessie Barid and Luke Davies by a serving officer earlier in the year.