Police officer Timothy Williams appears in Bendigo Magistrates' Court, accused of sexual assault

A police officer has faced court in Bendigo on charges he sexually assaulted a female officer on the dancefloor of a Swan Hill pub last year.

It was alleged that Timothy Williams, 37, groped the woman's groin and buttocks without her consent on October 22 last year. He is also charged with unlawful assault.

Mr Williams appeared in Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for a brief hearing.

It is believed the alleged incident occurred at a late-night venue in Swan Hill following a social gathering of police officers and was captured on closed-circuit television cameras.

The woman is understood to have immediately remonstrated with Mr Williams over the alleged assault, which was witnessed by at least one other officer.

The charges have been brought by Taskforce Salus, which investigates predatory sexual behaviour and serious sexual harassment and discrimination allegations against police, protective services officers and public service employees.

Victoria Police confirmed a member who appeared in Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday remains suspended with pay.

Mr Williams will again appear before Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on August 22.

- With Cameron Houston, The Age