A 22-YEAR-OLD man will face Bathurst Local Court today charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
The man was arrested at a Bathurst home on Wednesday following an 11-month investigation launched by the State Crime Command's Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad in December 2019.
Police began their investigations after receiving reports a 13-year-old girl had been sexually abused by a man known to her.
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The 22-year-old was taken to Bathurst police station where he was charged with a total of 16 counts of abuse, including:
- Five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a victim under the age of 16.
- Three counts of intentionally sexually touching a child aged between 10 and 16.
- Three counts of indecently assaulting person aged under 16.
- Two counts of assault with intent to have sexual intercourse with child under 10 years of age.
- Two counts of intentionally inciting a child aged between 10 and 16 to do sexual act to them.
- Attempting sexual intercourse with a child aged between 10 and 14.
He was refused bail to appeal at Bathurst Local Court today.
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.
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