Senior police officer acquitted on child assault charges

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A senior Tayside police officer has been acquitted of charges alleging he assaulted a child.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Wales went on trial at Forfar sheriff court in relation to offences which prosecutors said happened at a house in Angus.

The 48-year-old was charged with seizing hold of the child by the clothing on dates between 2013 and 2017 before pushing the youngster on the body and on to a bed. For legal reasons, the child cannot be named.

He was also accused of subjecting the same child to threatening or aggressive behaviour in June this year.

The trial went ahead before Sheriff Gregor Murray at Forfar on Tuesday.

Following the evidence of three Crown witnesses – none of whom can be named – depute fiscal Stewart Duncan said he would not be seeking a conviction on the charge relating to matter alleged to have taken place over the four-year period.

A submission of no case to answer by defence solicitor Robert Vaughan on the remaining charge relating to the alleged June offence was then upheld by the sheriff and Wales was formally found not guilty in relation to all matters.

Wales made no comment at the conclusion of the case.