An Auckland police officer has been charged with beating a girl using his police-issued belt as a weapon.
The 35-year-old officer appeared in Manukau District Court this week facing four charges of assaulting a child with a weapon.
He was given name suppression until his next appearance this month.
According to court documents the complainant is 13 years old.
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Three of the charges allege that between 2007 and 2013 the South Auckland resident "whacked the victim on the back on numerous occasions", used a leather belt to hit the girl in the stomach and hit her on the back and legs with a piece of wood.
The remaining two charges relate to incidents between 2012 and 2013.
It is alleged the defendant used his police belt as a weapon and struck her on the back and legs on "numerous occasions" during the two-year timeframe.
Counties Manukau police confirmed the accused was an officer in the district and said he was now on restricted duties.