A 53-year-old Toormina man has been arrested and charged with 21 sex offences including under-age sex and bestiality.
Child abuse squad detectives allege that between January 2003 and March 2005 the man committed numerous offences of a sexual and indecent nature while working at a dairy near Coffs Harbour.
In court, detectives will contend that in early 2003 the man befriended a 13-year-old boy who also worked at the dairy, and, over the course of two years, indecently and sexually assaulted the teen on a number of occasions.
They will further allege that the man committed four acts of bestiality on a cow and encouraged the teen to participate.
Earlier today (January 15), detectives arrested a 53-year-old man from Toormina outside a business near Coffs Harbour.
He was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was charged with: two counts of aggravated sexual assault; six counts of aggravated indecent assault; four counts of commit act of indecency towards person under 16 years in circumstances of aggravation; five counts of incite act of indecency towards person under 16 years in circumstances of aggravation; and four counts of bestiality.
Detectives also raided the man’s home, seizing a computer and other electronic items for examination.
The man will be granted conditional bail and is expected to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday 10 February.
The acting commander of the child abuse squad, detective acting superintendent Peter Yeomans, encouraged any person who has ever been a victim of sexual or indecent assaults to make a report to police, no matter how long ago the incident occurred.
‘If you have ever been abused, no matter what the circumstance and no matter how long ago it occurred, please contact police,’ Detective Acting Superintendent Yeomans said.
‘If an adult entrusted with your care took advantage of you, they deserve to be arrested, charged and put before the courts.’
All reports are investigated thoroughly and victims can also access counselling and support.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.