Youth worker charged over alleged sexual abuse of teenage girl - Central Coast

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 11:42:16 AM

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Detectives have charged a youth worker following an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage girl on the state’s Central Coast.

Earlier this week, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 15-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted by a man while in his care.

Following inquiries, a 26-year-old man attended Belmont Police Station about 11am yesterday (Tuesday 31 August 2021), where he was charged with three counts of intentionally sexually touch child between 10 and 16 years.

Police will allege in court the man sexually touched the girl on numerous occasions between April and August 2021 while she was under the man’s care.

The man, who is a youth worker, was refused bail to appear at Belmont Local Court today (Wednesday 1 September 2021).

Investigations are continuing.

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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