Two more officers charged over allegedly leaking photos of former AFL coach Dani Laidley

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A senior constable and a constable have been charged with unauthorised disclosure of police information

Dani Laidley
The senior constable has been suspended and his more junior colleague transferred to other duties over allegedly leaking images of Dani Laidley while she was in custody. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
The senior constable has been suspended and his more junior colleague transferred to other duties over allegedly leaking images of Dani Laidley while she was in custody. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Australian Associated Press
Mon 14 Dec 2020 01.46 EST

Two more police officers have been charged over leaked photos of former AFL coach Dani Laidley in custody.

Images, including Laidley’s mug shot and another of her in an interview room wearing a blonde wig and dress, were shared among police and on social media earlier this year.

A senior constable and a constable were on Monday both charged with unauthorised disclosure of police information.

The senior constable was also charged with misconduct in public office and unauthorised access of police information. He has been suspended and is due to face the Melbourne magistrates court on 11 February.

His more junior colleague has been transferred to other duties and is expected to appear in the Ringwood magistrates court on 5 February.

Another officer, named as Det Leading Sen Const Murray Gentner, was previously charged with unauthorised access and disclosure of police information as well as misconduct in public office.

Laidley was last month spared a conviction for stalking a woman after leaving flowers on her car and calling her 43 times in one day. The 53-year-old, formerly known as Dean, loitered outside and took photos of the woman’s Melbourne home and also attended her workplace between April and May.

Laidley bombarded the woman with messages including: “I want to walk you down the aisle. I want to make you the happiest person in the world. Let me in. We are meant to be together.”

Instead of a conviction, Laidley was placed on an adjourned undertaking requiring her to be of good behaviour for 18 months.

Police offered to drop a drug charge for methamphetamine she was found with upon her arrest, if she wrote a letter of thanks to the officer who recommended her to the court’s diversion program.

The former North Melbourne chairman, James Brayshaw, was among those who provided character references for the 1996 premiership player and later senior coach.

The court was previously told Laidley acknowledged what she did was wrong and that she wanted to help educate the broader community about issues transgender people faced.

Victoria police said its investigation into the leaking of Laidley’s photos in May 2020 is ongoing.

Earlier this month, the force said it wouldn’t take action against 224 people who shared the images after they were leaked online.