Police charge man with historic sex offences – Hunter region

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A former youth worker has been charged with historic sex offences across the state’s Hunter Region dating back to the 1990s.

In November 2020, detectives from Lake Macquarie Police District established Strike Force Eiraban to investigate allegations of alleged child sexual offences against two teenage boys between 1990 and 2004 in Muswellbrook and Gateshead.

Following extensive inquiries, a 71-year-old man attended Belmont Police Station where he was arrested about 7.40am yesterday (Thursday 29 July 2021).

He was charged with 15 offences, including:

  • Sex assault (Cat 4) incite indecent act under 16 and under authority;
  • sexual intercourse with person 10 or over and under 16 years (x3);
  • sexual intercourse with person 10 and under 16 years (x3);
  • sexual intercourse with person 14 or over and under 16 years (x2);
  • aggravated indecent assault – victim under authority of offender; and
  • supply prohibited drug (x5)

Police will allege in court that the Marks Point man formerly worked as a youth worker in the region.

He appeared at Belmont Local Court, where he was formally bail refused to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Friday 30 July 2021).

Investigations under Strike Force Eiraban are ongoing.

Anyone with information about Strike Force Eiraban or other child sexual offences 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.

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