A judge yesterday called for a change in the law on sexual assault cases, claiming he was unable to pass his preferred sentence on a police officer. Mr Justice Gareth Lugar-Mawson had wanted to give a suspended jail sentence to a police sergeant who was convicted last month of indecently assaulting his domestic helper. The jury had acquitted the father of one, who cannot be named for legal reasons, of one charge of rape and a second count of indecent assault. The 40-year-old officer - who was fined $10,000 for the offence yesterday - faces dismissal and forfeiture of a 21-year pension after his conviction. Mr Justice Lugar-Mawson said in the Court of First Instance that the man would have been dealt with 'a long time ago in the magistracy' had he not been subject to the allegations of rape. The man was found guilty of touching the 20-year-old maid's breasts at his home on September 9 last year. 'The offence you committed is a serious one. Nobody is in any doubt about that,' the judge said. It must have been 'a very frightening and embarrassing experience' for the victim - 'a young and naive' woman, Mr Justice Lugar-Mawson said. 'However, sense of proportion must be kept. You have not been found guilty of a most serious example of indecent assault.' He noted the man had already experienced 'a high degree of punishment' due to anxiety awaiting trial. 'I'm firmly of the view that the most appropriate form of punishment is a suspended sentence,' Mr Justice Lugar-Mawson said. 'The law does not permit me to pass that sentence. 'I find that surprising and illogical given the vast variety of circumstances that constitute indecent assault,' the judge said. 'I take this opportunity to urge the legislature to look at this illogicality at its earliest opportunity.' He ordered the man to pay $10,000 within 21 days or face a two-month jail sentence. Defence counsel John Haynes said his client had already lodged an appeal against the conviction.