A WAGGA policeman and rugby league player has been acquitted of all charges in relation to accessing restricted data in a police computer system.
Brayden James Sharrock, 30, appeared in Wagga Local Court on Tuesday after his defence solicitor pleaded not guilty on his behalf to two counts of accessing or modifying restricted data held in a computer.
Police alleged Mr Sharrock made two illegal accesses into the computerised operational policing system (COPS) in September 2017
He was officially charged on May 8 last year and the hearing of the case was held earlier this year.
In court on Tuesday, magistrate Christopher Halburd dismissed the charges, saying: "There's simply no evidence before the court that accessing the system in this way was authorised or unauthorised or known to the defender at the time of the access".
Mr Halburd said the defendant's evidence, combined with other evidence, showed that he raised the incidents to one of his superiors.
"He knew his access to the system was being recorded," Mr Halburd said.
"In my view, I simply could not be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that he knew his access to the COPS system was unauthorised."
The magistrate said that given the findings, it was not necessary to make a finding about whether or not the access was authorised.
Mr Sharrock is a player for Brothers Wagga in the Group Nine league and has also been selected for the Australian Police Team in the past.
Mr Sharrock and his lawyer declined to comment outside of court following the decision on Tuesday.
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