New South Wales

Man charged over alleged historical indecent assault

A man will face court after being charged with alleged historical child sex offences in the state’s Northern Tablelands.

Earlier in 2017, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad recommenced an investigation into the alleged historical indecent assault of two young girls by a man known to them.

The incidents were reported to police in 2012, but withdrawn before the investigation was finalised.

During the new investigation, a third young girl was identified as allegedly being indecently assaulted.

Following extensive inquiries, a 52-year-old man was arrested at Inverell on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, victim under authority; three counts of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault where victim under the age of 10 years, indecent assault where victim under the age of 16 years, and commit act of indecency with victim under 10 years.

Police will allege the man indecently assaulted the girls on numerous occasions between 2002 and 2012.

The man was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Inverell Local Court later today (Thursday 10 August 2017).

The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical abuse and serious cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

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Source: NSW Police