Police lay charges after girl sexually and physically assaulted

A man will face court today charged after allegedly sexually assaulting a girl in the Newcastle area.

Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation, after a 15-year-old girl presented to John Hunter Hospital with injuries to her neck and reported she had been sexually assaulted by a man known to her earlier this month.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 21-year-old man at Waratah Police Station just after 6pm yesterday (Thursday 20 June 2019).

He was charged with aggravated sexual assault – inflict actual bodily harm on victim, and two counts of aggravated sexual assault – victim under the age of 16 years.

Police will allege in court that the man supplied the girl with alcohol and prohibited drugs before choking her and sexually assaulting her in a car in the Newcastle area on Wednesday 5 June 2019.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Friday 21 June 2019).

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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