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Teen charged over alleged sexual assault of two girls met online - Illawarra

Friday, 03 September 2021 05:34:14 PM

Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad have charged a teenage boy over the alleged sexual abuse of two teenage girls he met online.

In June 2021, officers from Wollongong Police District commenced an investigation following reports a 16-year-old girl had been sexually abused by a 17-year-old boy known to her.

Inquiries revealed the girl had met the boy online before meeting in person at Wollongong on Friday 18 June 2021, when it’s alleged that he sexually assaulted her on a number of occasions.

The matter was subsequently referred to detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, who were investigating a report that a 14-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted on Wednesday 7 July 2021 by a 17-year-old boy she met through social media.

Following extensive inquires, detectives executed a search warrant at a home at Woonona about 7.15am today (Friday 3 September 2021), where they seized a number of items relevant to the investigation.

The teen, now aged 18, was arrested at the home and taken to Wollongong Police Station.

He was subsequently charged with two counts of have sexual intercourse with child aged 14 to 16 years and five counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

Police will allege in court that the boy sexually assaulted the girls on separate occasions in the Illawarra area after meeting them online.

He appeared at a children’s court, where he was formally refused bail to re-appear next Tuesday (7 September 2021).

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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