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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Beresfield man charged over child sex assault

NSW Detectives have charged a 59-year-old man over the alleged sexual assault of a young girl in the state’s Hunter region last year.

Last month, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a young girl had been sexually abused by a man known to her.

Investigators arrested the man at a home in Beresfield just after 10am yesterday.

He was charged with three counts of have sexual intercourse with child (between 10 and 14 years), intentionally do sexual act with child (between 10 and 16 years) and two counts of intentionally sexually touch child (between 10 and 16 years).

Police will allege in court that the man sexually assaulted the girl – who was aged between 11 and 12 at the time – on multiple occasions last year. 

The man was refused bail and appeared before Raymond Terrace Local Court yesterday, where he was formally refused bail to appear before Maitland Local Court on Wednesday 28 October.

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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