A POLICE officer has been cleared of all charges after a sexual assault trial in Tamworth.
Dean Robert Squire was found not guilty on all counts in Tamworth District Court on Friday morning, after a six-day trial.
He was accused of four sexual or indecent assaults while off-duty during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2018.
The jury of 12 took about three hours of deliberations to return four not-guilty verdicts.
Squire, a serving police officer, denied all four allegations. He was charged with three counts of assaulting with an act of indecency two women on January 22, 2018.
Squire also pleaded not guilty to having sexual intercourse without consent with one of the alleged victims on the same date.
He had been deployed to work during the festival but was off-duty at the time. Police had claimed the alleged assaults occurred at a house in East Tamworth.
The then 28-year-old senior constable, who was based in the Central West at the time, was suspended from duties after his arrest in early 2018.
He was charged on February 22 at Dubbo Police Station, after an internal police investigation.
The trial was initially slated to run for 10 days, but the jury heard evidence for five days before closing arguments were delivered on Thursday.
Jury members retired to consider their verdict for about an hour before being sent home for the day. They resumed deliberations on Friday morning and returned their verdicts about 11am.
On Friday, the Leader contacted NSW Police to confirm the officer's current duty status.
The force confirmed the officer had been suspended with pay.