NT Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwynne has been charged with abuse of office.
NT Police issued a statement on Thursday stating a 54-year-old woman was charged with a single count of abuse of office and ordered to appear in court on August 27.
The charge comes after an investigation led by the NT Police’s Special References Unit.
The NT Independent understands the investigation has been ongoing for quite some time and a brief had been with the Director of Public Prosecutions for many months.
Ms Gwynne has been the Children’s Commissioner since June 2015 and recently had her contract renewed by the Gunner Government for a further five years.
While police did not identify Ms Gwynne in their release, a spokesman confirmed the charge and said she would defend it.
In November 2018, Ms Gwynne was asked questions by media about allegations involving questionable hiring practices in the Children’s Commissioner’s office.
Before being appointed to the Children’s Commissioner role, Ms Gwynne had a 26 year career with the NT Police and is best known as the lead investigator in the Peter Falconio case that led to the conviction of killer Bradley Murdoch.
The NT Independent contacted Ms Gwynne directly on Thursday afternoon for comment.