Police charge man over sexual abuse of girl met online

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Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a man following an investigation into the alleged intimidation and sexual assault of a teenage girl in Sydney’s west.

Earlier this year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation after receiving information a 14-year-old girl had been sexually abused by a man she met online.

Inquiries revealed the girl met the man on a social media application in June 2021 and communicated online before meeting in person in January. It’s alleged he subsequently sexually assaulted her on three occasions.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 28-year-old man at Blacktown Police Station about 12.15pm yesterday (Monday 16 May 2022).

He was charged with three counts of have sexual intercourse with child aged between 14 and 16, and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm.

Police will also allege in court that the man made numerous threats toward the girl, including to harm her.

The Bass Hill man has been refused bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court later today (Tuesday 17 May 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.

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