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A Gold Coast man who allegedly posed as a home tutor has been arrested in Cabarita and charged with indecently assaulting a 10-year-old girl in Tweed Heads.

The 50-year-old man was arrested at Cabarita on Tuesday night and charged with the aggravated  indecent assault of the girl in her home by the man who had allegedly offered tutoring services.

The man, who uses a website to advertise his mobile tutoring business to families in south east Queensland and northern NSW, was confronted by the girl’s mother who told him to leave the property before she contacted police.

An investigation into the incident was launched by officers from State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad and the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command, and on Tuesday night, they arrested a 50-year-old in Cabarita, NSW.

With the assistance of officers from the Queensland Police Service, NSW detectives executed a search warrant at the man’s residence in Mermaid Waters, Queensland, where they seized a number of items for examination.

The man was subsequently charged with one count of aggravated indecent assault and child abuse material offences.

He was refused bail to appear before Murwillumbah Local Court on Wednesday where he was bailed to appear again in Tweed Heads court next month.

Investigations are continuing.

Police say that 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.

The squad works in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Services and NSW Health, with specialised tri-agency teams based at metropolitan and regional locations throughout NSW.

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. Reports can also be made to the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Police say that people should not report crime information via the police Facebook and Twitter pages.


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