11 September 2019

Police arrest 35 year old on child sex charges, messaging app used

| Ian Campbell
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Police have moved in on an alleged sexual predator who is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on the South Coast.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad arrested the 35-year-old man at a home in Sydney’s west on Friday (November 9, 2018).

The man was charged at Penrith Police Station with the indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age, and having sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years.

In circumstances that will make parents and those who care for children shudder, police allege the 35-year-old groomed the girl via an online messaging app and sexually and indecently assaulted her at a home on the South Coast between Friday, August 31 and Sunday, September 9 this year.

The man has been refused bail before Penrith Local Court and will appear again in Bega Local Court on Tuesday, November 27.

Because of the nature of the alleged crime and the age of the alleged victim, further details are not available at this stage.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme 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. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

For support, information, and advice – Bravehearts, 1800 Respect, and Lifeline.

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