Former foster carer in court over sexual touching of young girl in Sydney’s west

A former foster carer will reappear in court today charged following an investigation into the alleged sexual touching of a young girl in Sydney’s west.

In April this year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a young girl had been sexually abused by a man known to her while she was in his care.

Following extensive investigations, detectives arrested a 54-year-old man at a home in Berala just after 7am on Friday 17 April 2020.

He was taken to Auburn Police Station and charged with five counts of intentionally sexually touch child (between 10 and 16 years).

Police will allege in court that the man sexually touched the girl – then aged between 12 and 13 – on several occasions while in his care in 2019.

The man appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Friday 14 April 2020, where he was granted strict conditional bail to reappear at Burwood Local Court today (Wednesday 17 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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