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Psychologist arrested on NSW Mid North Coast - Child Abuse Squad

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 01:55:49 PM

A psychologist has been charged after allegedly indecently assaulting a young patient earlier this month.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad commenced an investigation following reports a boy had been indecently assaulted by his psychologist.

Following extensive inquiries, a 51-year-old man was arrested at a clinic in Coffs Harbour about 9.50am yesterday (Monday 29 May 2017).

He was charged with four counts of indecent assault person under 16 years.

Police will allege the man was treating the child as a clinical psychologist at the time of the indecent assaults.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Coffs Harbour Local Court yesterday, where he was granted strict conditional bail to appear at the same court on Tuesday 11 July 2017.

The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical abuse and serious cases of neglect.
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