Sunday, July 21, 2024

Police arrest in Lismore historic sex abuse case

A 60-year-old man has been charged with more than a dozen alleged child sex offences – with one victim aged just two-years-old – following an investigation into historic child sex abuse near Lismore. 

In July 2020, officers from Richmond Police District commenced an investigation following reports a woman had been sexually abused as a child by a man who was known to her.

During the course of the investigation, officers received information that four further children had also been sexually abused in offences dating back to 1989.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives executed a search warrant at a home near Lismore, just before midday yesterday, where they seized electronic storage devices.

About 5pm the same day, a man, 60, was arrested at Lismore Police Station and charged with 16 offences including eight counts of aggravated sex assault – victim under the age of 16 years, five counts of sexual intercourse with person under the age of 10 years, and assault & commit act of indecency, indecent assault person under 16 years under authority, and aggravated indecent assault victim under the age of 16.

Police will allege in court that the man sexually abused five girls – aged between two and nine – between 1989 and 2005.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today.

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