Childcare worker charged over sexual abuse of four-year-old girl – South Coast

Detectives have charged a childcare worker following an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a four-year-old girl on the state’s South Coast.

Earlier this week, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a four-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted by a man while in his care.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 54-year-old man near Mollymook about 12pm yesterday (Tuesday 8 December 2020).

A crime scene warrant was subsequently executed at a vacant home near Mollymook, where investigators conducted a thorough examination of the property.

The man was taken to Ulladulla Police Station and charged with take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage, intentionally sexually touch child under 10 years and aggravated sexually touch another person.

Police will allege in court the man took the girl to a vacant property while she was in his care at a South Coast childcare centre, before sexually touching her on two occasions between February and December 2020.

The man, who is a childcare worker, was refused bail to appear at Nowra Local Court today (Wednesday 9 December 2020).

Investigations are continuing.

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: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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