Former Salvation Army soldier charged with historical child sex abuse

A former soldier of the Lambton Salvation Army will face court today charged over the alleged sexual abuse of two young boys in the 1990s.

In July 2018, detectives from Newcastle City Police District established Strike Force Georgiana to investigate allegations of historic child sex abuse by a former soldier of the Salvation Army at Lambton.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 69-year-old man at Newcastle Police Station about 9am on Wednesday 10 April 2019.

He was charged with three counts of sexual intercourse with person 10 or over and under 16, seven counts of aggravated indecent assault – victim under the age of 16, and five counts of commit act of indecency with person under 16.

Police will allege in court that the man sexually abused two boys separately on numerous occasions, both of whom he had met through his work with the Salvation Army at Lambton.

It is alleged the incidents occurred in the late 1990s, when the boys were aged 10 and 14.

The man remains in custody and will appear at Newcastle Local Court later today (Thursday 6 June 2019).

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