Man extradited from Queensland after investigations into child sex abuse

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NSW detectives have extradited a man from Queensland following investigations into the alleged sexual abuse of a young girl in the state’s north more than five years ago.

On Thursday 16 December 2021, officers attached to the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation after receiving a report of alleged child sex abuse.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives attached to the Coffs-Clarence Child Abuse Unit obtained an arrest warrant for a 72-year-old man living in Queensland.

About 9am on Tuesday (1 February 2022), detectives from Queensland Police (QPOL) attended a unit in Surfers Paradise and arrested the man.

He appeared at Southport Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday 2 February 2022), where detectives applied for, and were granted, his extradition to NSW.

The man was escorted to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with incite victim under 10 years to commit indecent act, indecent assault person under 16 years of age, and sexual intercourse with child under age of 10 years.

Police will allege in court that the man sexually abused a young girl who was known to him – then aged between seven and eight – in Coffs Harbour between 2014 and 2017.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Thursday 3 February 2022).

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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