Further charges laid against man over sexual abuse at Armidale

Police have laid seven further charges against a man following an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in the state’s New England region.

Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 15-year-old girl had been sexually abused by a man she met on social media in March 2019.

A 35-year-old man was charged by investigators in May 2019.

In June 2019, a further five charges – assault with act of indecency (x3) and aggravated sexual assault – deprive liberty (x2) – were laid by detectives, following allegations the man sexually abused another two girls – then aged 16 and 17 – between June and July 2018.

Following further investigations, detectives laid an additional seven charges of assault with act of indecency at Armidale Local Court yesterday (Wednesday 7 August 2019).

Police will allege in court that the man indecently assaulted another woman – then aged 21 – at a home in Armidale in October 2018.

The man remains bail refused and is due to re-appear at the same court on Wednesday 18 September 2019.

Inquiries by detectives 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.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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