A police officer has been charged with corruption for allegedly seeking sexual favours in exchange for dropping a driving offence.

Police said the officer was suspended from duty in February and appeared in court today over the charge.

It was alleged he had sought a bribe of sexual favours in return for not proceeding with a prosecution for a driving offence, police said.

He was granted conditional bail, but remains suspended from duty, and will re-appear in Wanganui District Court on July 19.

District Commander Russell Gibson said he was confident the alleged offence did not involve any other officers.

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"As soon as the allegation came to light, the officer was stood down and a criminal investigation was launched. I am confident that as a result of that investigation this is isolated to the officer involved and does not involve any other officers.

"I wish to reassure the Wanganui community that they have a team with integrity and respect working on their behalf."

The case has also been referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

- Herald Online