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A man who led police on a chase after collecting his son from childcare and disappearing has been remanded in custody after being charged with sexual assault yesterday.

The man allegedly sexually assaulted his former partner before threatening to harm their four-year-old child on Monday.

Police say he was in breach of an apprehended violence order with a no-contact clause.

He faced court yesterday afternoon, charged with sexual assault and indecent assault and will reappear in court again in August.

A search for the man began after he collected his son from a Grafton childcare centre on Monday afternoon but did not return him to his former partner’s home.

That search culminated on Tuesday morning after police stopped a white Toyota Hilux 4WD on Bent Street at South Grafton just before 7.30am.

The child was found in the back of the car and showed no apparent signs of injury.

The four-year-old boy was reunited with his mother.

The 29-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with sexual assault, breaching an apprehended violence order and indecent assault.

Police allege the sexual assault occurred after a domestic argument.

 


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