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Man, 56, charged with sex assault of boys

A 56-year-old man has been charged with child sex offences in the state’s Lake Macquarie region.

In April 2019, detectives from Lake Macquarie Police District established Strike Force Arapaima to re-examine the investigation into the unsolved disappearances and suspected murders of three teenage girls in the Lake Macquarie area.

“As a result of extensive inquiries through this investigation, strike force detectives uncovered allegations of alleged child sexual offences against two teenage boys between 1987 and 2007 in Lake Macquarie and on the Mid North Coast,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives attended a Belmont home and arrested a 56-year-old man about 9.30am today.”

He was taken to Belmont Police Station and charged with 13 offences including:

  • Sexual intercourse with person between 10 & 16 years (x6);
  • Sex assault (Cat 4) Indecent assault person under 16 under authority (x2);
  • Sex assault (Cat 4) indecent act, person under 16 under authority (x4);
  • Aggravated indecent assault victim under the age of 16 years.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court tomorrow.

Anyone with information which may assist strike force detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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