Former carer charged over historic child sexual abuse – Strike Force Kruseana

Richmond Police District detectives have charged a man following a six-year investigation into alleged sexual and indecent assaults of children in the state’s Northern Rivers region more than 30 years ago.

In May 2013, detectives from Richmond Police District established Strike Force Kruseana to investigate allegations of sexual abuse of children from a boys home near Lismore, and other locations in the Mullumbimby area in the early 1980s.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives, assisted by officers from South Sydney Police Area Command and the Australian Federal Police, arrested an 81-year-old man as he arrived at Sydney International Airport on a flight from the Philippines about midday yesterday (Saturday 19 October 2019).

The man was taken to Mascot Police Station and charged with buggery (two counts), attempt buggery (two counts), procure act of indecency, assault, and indecent assault of male.

Police will allege in court that the man sexually and indecently assaulted two teenage boys who were in his care in the Northern Rivers region between 1980 and 1983.

He has been refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court later today (Sunday 20 October 2019).

Investigations under Strike Force Kruseana are ongoing.

As their inquiries continue, detecives would like to speak with anyone who resided at the home in the early 1980s and/or has information relevant to the investigation.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Kruseana investigators can contact Crime Stoppers in strict confidence on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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