Police charge man over grooming and sexual assault of teenage girl in Sydney’s north west

A man will face court today charged over the alleged online grooming and sexual assault of a girl with a cognitive impairment in Sydney’s north west.

Officers from Quakers Hill Police Area Command were contacted yesterday (Sunday 8 November 2020), following reports a 15-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted.

The girl was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where she underwent surgery overnight and remains undergoing treatment.

Inquiries revealed the girl met a man on social media and the pair had been communicating for a period of time before he arranged to meet her yesterday, and sexually assaulted her at a home in Sydney’s north west.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad attended a short time later and commenced an investigation, together with officers from Quakers Hills Police Area Command.

Following extensive inquiries, a 20-year-old man was arrested at Toongabbie about 12.40am today (Monday 9 November 2020).

The man was taken to Riverstone Police Station and charged with two counts of aggravated sex assault – victim under the age of 16, two counts of aggravated sex assault – victim with cognitive impairment, and intentionally sexually touch child aged between 10 and 16.

He was refused bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court today (Monday 9 November 2020).

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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