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Top Northland cop in court on sexual assault charges claims sex with woman who had reported a crime was consensual

A top Northland police officer is this morning facing cross-examination at the High Court at Auckland.

Detective Inspector Kevin Burke. Source: 1 NEWS

Detective Inspector Kevin Burke, who is giving evidence in his own defence, faces four charges of sexual assault relating to two complainants.

One of the complainants, who has name suppression, alleges that Burke forced himself on her, before sexually assaulting her on 17 January 2002.

Burke - who first met the woman on January 8, 2002, when she was reporting a crime – says they had a consensual relationship.

But Crown Prosecutor Jo Murdoch asked him: "Do you not consider it a highly unusual situation that on meeting a woman in the course of your professional duty… then go on to have [sexual activity] with her in a matter of days within meeting her?"

"I would say that is perhaps unusual," Burke responded.

Burke denies all charges.