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Detectives have charged a man over the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl in Sydney’s west.
On Thursday 22 July 2021, police attached to Nepean Police Area Command received reports that a 15-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted by a man she met on social media.
The matter was referred to detectives at the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad – North West Metropolitan Unit, who commenced an investigation.
Following extensive inquiries, a 20-year-old man was arrested by investigators at a home at South Penrith about 1am today (Friday 23 July 2021).
A search warrant was subsequently executed at the property, where detectives seized electronic devices. The items will undergo further forensic examination.
He was taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with four counts of aggravated sex assault- deprive liberty, take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage, and sexually touch another person without consent.
Police will allege in court the man sexually assaulted the girl over a period of four days this month.
The South Penrith man was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today (Friday 23 July 2021).
Inquiries are continuing.
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Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.