Bowraville man charged after investigation into historical sexual assault in Wollongong

A man will face court today charged with a number of historical sexual assaults that allegedly occurred in the Wollongong area in the mid-1990s.

In August 2019, detectives from Wollongong Police District relaunched an investigation into alleged sexual and indecent assaults committed by a man between 1991 and 1997.

Police will allege a man sexually assaulted a girl, who was known to him, on an ongoing basis between February 1991 and January 1997, when she was aged between eight and 14.

The matter was reported to police in January 1997 and an investigation commenced, however no charges were laid at the time.

As inquiries into the alleged assaults continued earlier this year, police commenced an investigation into a person of interest in the town of Bowraville, south west of Coffs Harbour.

Following extensive investigations, about 7.45am yesterday (Wednesday 8 April 2020) detectives attended a home in Bowraville and arrested a 56-year-old man.

The man was taken to Macksville Police Station, where he was charged with aggravated sexual assault of person under the age of 10 years and indecent assault where victim under age of 10 years.

He was refused bail and is due to face Port Macquarie Local Court today (Thursday 9 April 2020).

Police would like to thank the media and public for their assistance with this investigation.

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