Man to appear at court in relation to 1998 child sex offence in Darlinghurst

A man who failed to appear in court on a child sex charge 18 years ago has been arrested in Wagga Wagga, NSW Police say.

Kings Cross detectives have been conducting recent inquiries into the man’s whereabouts following a review of outstanding cases.

The man had initially been arrested by police on 30 January 1998 for the offence of sexual assault upon a child, allegedly relating to a 14-year-old girl, in Darlinghurst.

A conviction warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court.

Last month, police in Victoria arrested the 39-year-old man after information was provided by Kings Cross detectives.

He appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court in late July and was granted bail to reappear at Central Local Court in Sydney on Wednesday 3 August 2016, but failed to appear.

A new warrant was issued for the man’s arrest and he was located by police from Wagga Wagga Local Area Command the following day.

The 39-year-old man has been refused bail and is expected to appear at Central Local Court on Friday 12 August 2016.

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