A serving Police Community Support Officer has appeared at court charged with sexual assault by touching.

PCSO Edward Oniba, attached to the North West Basic Command Unit (BCU), appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 6 May where he pleaded not guilty and elected a Crown Court trial.

He was bailed and will next appear at Harrow Crown Court on Monday, 6 June.

It follows an incident that is alleged to have occurred in October 2020 involving a female colleague. He was on duty at the time.

PCSO Oniba was charged via postal-requisition on Tuesday, 19 April.

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