Police lay charges over sexual touching of teenage girl – Hunter Region

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A man will reappear in court today charged over the alleged sexual touching of a teenage girl in the Hunter Region.

In November last year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 14-year-old girl had been sexually touched by a man known to her.

Following extensive inquiries, officers arrested a 42-year-old man at a home near Cessnock on Tuesday 18 May 2021.

He was taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touch child (aged between 10 and 16 years).

Police will allege in court that the man sexually touched the girl at a home in the state’s Hunter Region between August and September last year.

He appeared at Cessnock Local Court the same day, where he was formally refused bail to appear at the same court today (Wednesday 14 July 2021).

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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