Former basketball coach charged with sexual touching at Orange

A former basketball coach will face court today after an investigation into the alleged sexual touching of a teenager in the state’s central west.

In March, police received reports that a 16-year-old boy had been sexually abused by a man known to him on numerous occasions between June and September 2019.

The matter was referred to the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, who took carriage of the investigation.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested a 58-year-old man at a home at Maitland, about 7.15am on Monday 25 May 2020.

He was taken to Maitland Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of aggravated sexually touch another person.

Police will allege in court that the man, who had been engaged to provide one-on-one basketball coaching to the boy, sexually touched him while performing massage treatment at two properties at Orange.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Orange Local Court today (Thursday 11 June 2020).

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.

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