Man extradited from South Australia over child sexual and indecent assaults

A man will re-appear in court today after being extradited from South Australia over the alleged sexual and indecent assault of two girls in the Hunter region.

In December 2018, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a girl was sexually assaulted by a man known to her while she was in his care.

During the course of the investigation, officers received reports a second girl had been indecently assaulted by the man while she was in his care.

Following extensive inquiries, by officers from South Australia Police arrested a 60-year-old man on a NSW warrant at Port Pirie, South Australia, on Monday (9 December 2019).

The man appeared at Port Pirie Magistrates Court, where NSW Police Force detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.

He was escorted by detectives on a flight to Sydney yesterday (Wednesday 11 December 2019).

The man was taken to Mascot Police Station and charged with aggravated sexual assault – victim under authority of offender (x2), and indecent assault person under 16 years of age.

Police will allege in court that the man sexually assaulted a girl – aged between seven and eight – on two occasions in the Hunter region.

It will be further alleged that the man indecently assaulted a second girl – aged between nine and 10 – in the Hunter region.

He was refused bail and appeared at Central Local Court yesterday where he was formally refused bail to re-appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Thursday 12 December 2019).

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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