Second man charged over historic child sexual assaults – Strike Force Belle

A second man has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged historical child sexual assaults in the state’s Central West.

In 2008, detectives from Chifley Police District established Strike Force Belle to investigate the alleged sexual and indecent assaults of students at two secondary colleges in Bathurst between 1960 and 1993.

Last year, strike force detectives received a report of the alleged sexual assault of a nine-year-old boy in the mid-80s.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad attended a home in Randwick last Thursday (18 February 2021), and arrested an 85-year-old former priest.

He was taken to Maroubra Police Station and charged with child sexual offences. He remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, strike force investigators arrested a 59-year-old man at Bathurst Police Station about 3.15pm yesterday (Monday 22 February 2021).

The man was charged with four counts of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10 and nine counts of sexual intercourse (person aged between 10 and 16)-under authority.

He was refused bail to appear before Bathurst Local Court today (Tuesday 23 February 2021).

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