Fortune teller charged over alleged sexual assault of teenaged girl, NSW

A man, who purports to be a fortune teller, will face court today charged over the alleged sexual assault of a young girl in Sydney’s south west at the weekend.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation on Sunday (20 January 2019) after receiving reports a 14-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted by an unknown man earlier in the day.

With the assistance of interpreters, investigators spoke with a 31-year-old man at a business on Macquarie Street, Liverpool, before executing a crime scene warrant.

About 6pm yesterday (Monday 21 January 2019), investigators were alerted by the Australian Federal Police that the man was at Sydney International Airport and attempting to board a plane to Singapore.

The man was arrested and taken to Mascot Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touch child under 16 years of age, and three counts of aggravated sexual assault-victim under the age of 16 years.

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Police will allege in court that the man approached the girl and offered her free fortune telling services before sexually assaulting her in the business premises.

The man, who is an Indian National, was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today (Tuesday 22 January 2019).

Inquiries 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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