Sexual assault charges, Thornlands

Detectives have charged a man and woman with sexual assault offences as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged rape of a woman on multiple occasions at an acupuncture business in Thornlands.

Detectives from the Crime and Intelligence Command’s Sexual Crime Unit commenced an investigation after receiving information from the Office of Health Ombudsman in May 2019 and a subsequent formal complaint from the victim.

It is alleged that a man and woman operating an acupuncture business at Tamarind Close, Thornlands sexually assaulted the female victim on multiple occasions between April 2017 and January 2018, while she was seeking acupuncture treatment.

On Tuesday June 8 detectives executed a search warrant on the Thornlands address where further evidence was collected.

A 65-year-old Thornlands man has been charged with seven counts of rape and five counts of sexual assault. A 50-year-old Thornlands woman has been charged with two counts of rape and five counts of sexual assault. Both are due to re-appear in Brisbane Magistrates court on July 5.

Police are appealing to anyone with further information relating to the matter or victims of similar incidents at the acupuncture business to come forward.

More information about reporting options and support can be found on the QPS website: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/units/victims-of-crime/support-for-victims-of-crime/adult-sexual-assault . If you have been the victim of sexual assault, counselling is available through the Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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