A WA Police officer accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over several years has been identified. Jason Alan Taylor faced Perth Magistrates Court on 17 historical child sex offences for the first time on Tuesday morning. The 48-year-old, who has been stood down from his position as a senior constable at Carnarvon Police Station, is alleged to have sexually assaulted the girl between January 2009 and March 2012. In a statement released by WA Police on Tuesday, it was alleged the child was 13 years old at the time of the first alleged offence. And according to official court documents, the raft of charges Mr Taylor is facing include seven counts of indecently dealing with a child under 16 years old, six counts of sexually penetrating a child under 16 years old and one count of persistent sexual conduct. The historical incidents are alleged to have occurred in several suburbs, including Perth, Thornlie, Canning Vale, Cottesloe and Cannington. Mr Taylor, who received an award at the 2022 Royal Life Saving Bravery Awards, is also charged with three counts of sexually penetrating a child over 16 under his authority. He received the Gold Star bravery award alongside several other officers whilst he was stationed in the Goldfields, for saving an injured man’s life in Boulder, near Kalgoorlie. Mr Taylor, who was charged by detectives from the sex assault squad earlier this year, did not speak during his brief court appearance. His bail was extended until his next court date, scheduled for September 19. As he left the Central Law Courts, Mr Taylor donned sunglasses and a hat, bowing his head to avoid awaiting camera crews. At a press conference shortly after, Insp. Geoff DeSanges said the matter was “a concern to WA Police” but that it was before the courts. “The courts will determine the guilt or innocence of this individual,” he said.