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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Man faces court over assault of girl

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A 52-year-old man will reappear in court today charged over the alleged sexual assault of a five-year-old girl on the state’s Central Coast more than 10 years ago.

In June 2018, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a young girl had been sexually assaulted by a man known to her between 2009 and 2010.

Following extensive investigations, detectives, with assistance from Brisbane Water Police District, arrested the 52-year-old man at a home on the Central Coast on Friday.

The man was taken to Gosford Police Station and charged with attempt sexual intercourse with person under 10 years, indecent assault person under 16 years of age, sexual intercourse person under 10 under authority and groom child under 14 years for unlawful sexual activity.

Police will allege in court that the man sexually assaulted the girl – then aged between five and seven – on several occasions between January 2009 and May 2010.

He appeared at Gosford Local Court on Friday, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court today.

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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