Historical sexual assault charges at Sunshine Coast

Detectives from the Maroochydore Child Protection and Investigation Unit have charged an 82-year-old Sunshine Coast man with sexual assault offences following ongoing investigations into the alleged abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 1995.

The alleged offences occurred over several months when the man was working as a masseuse at a Kuluin kickboxing gym.

In 1995 the man was 55 and worked at several kickboxing gyms across the Sunshine Coast including Kuluin, Kawana and Yandina, as well as working from his then home address on the Sunshine Coast.

The man worked as a casual masseuse on the Sunshine Coast from mid-ninties-2000 and primarily in kickboxing gyms.

On August 10 police attended a Sunshine Coast address and took the man into custody. He was subsequently charged with four counts of indecent treatment of a child and is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 18.

Detectives are continuing their investigations and are appealing for anyone with information that can assist in this investigation to contact them.

If you’ve experienced sexual assault, it is not your fault and you are not alone. There are multiple ways to report what has happened to you depending on your situation.

If there’s an immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000). You can also report online via: https://forms.police.qld.gov.au/launch/SexualAssault, over the phone or face to face at a police station.

There are also Alternative Reporting Options available depending on your situation.

For confidential information, counselling and support, call the State-wide Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120 or 1800 RESPECT for 24-hour help.

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