Man charged over attempted sexual assault, South Australia

A 23-year-old man has been charged with an attempted sexual assault after an incident was reported to police last month.

It will be alleged the accused first met the victim online and then they met up in Bridgewater on 24 October, where the reported incident occurred.

Following a police investigation, the man was arrested and charged. He is expected to appear in the Mount Barker Magistrates Court on 28 November.

The officer in charge of the Hills Fleurieu Local Service Area Superintendent Mark Fairney said it was important for all community members to exercise caution when meeting people who they have met online.

“Police would recommend that if meeting a stranger for the first time, you do so in a well-lit, public place and tell someone your plans,” he said.

He also noted the SA Government launched the “Ask for Angela” program yesterday – an international campaign being introduced to South Australia to promote safety in licensed venues.

If a patron feels unsafe, they can discretely ask the staff for ‘Angela’. This simple code word alerts venue staff that the person requires assistance.

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