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A Tweed Heads man remains behind bars over the alleged sexual and indecent assault of a girl as young as 12 over more than a year.

Garry Ross Norman was listed to appear in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from prison but it was cancelled by solicitor Rachel Thomas.

The 56-year-old was arrested on March 25, following an investigation by the Ballina Child Abuse Squad, and taken to Tweed Heads police station where he was charged with 13 offences and refused bail.

It is alleged Mr Norman began interacting with the then 12-year-old girl on December 2, 2014, at Tweed Heads.

The alleged encounters between Mr Norman and the girl continued during December and January 2015 and 2016.

During this period, detectives allege there were at least seven interactions between Mr Norman and the girl when sexual or indecent assaults allegedly occurred.

Mr Norman was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, five counts of indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age, common assault, possessing child abuse material, three counts of breaching an apprehended personal violence order and failing to comply with reporting conditions.

On Tuesday the court heard the brief of evidence against Mr Norman had been served on the defence.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Norman’s matters until September 5, for negotiations between the prosecution and defence.

Mr Norman is expected to appear via videolink on the next occasion.

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