The West Australian detective who made international headlines when he rescued kidnapped girl Cleo Smith has been accused of police misconduct by the state’s corruption watchdog after releasing confidential information to a young journalist he struck up a relationship with.
Homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine led the raid of abductor Terence Kelly’s Carnarvon home in November 2021, asking Cleo for her name, prompting the four-year-old’s famous response, “My name is Cleo”.
After public praise for the rescue was heaped upon Blaine, allegations of misconduct emerged and he was stood down on full pay in September 2022, pending a CCC investigation.
He resigned from WA Police shortly before the CCC report was tabled today.
The report alleged Blaine released confidential information to the journalist, and misused a police vehicle to repeatedly visit the journalist at her home.