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Additional charges over alleged indecent assaults of young patients 

A Coffs Harbour psychologist has had an extra 23 charges laid against him in relation to the alleged indecent assault of five patients, some as young as nine, in his care.

In May 2017, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a young boy had been indecently assaulted by his psychologist.

A man was arrested and charged on Monday 29 May 2017. He remains before the court.

Following further inquiries, the now-52-year-old man was served a Future Court Attendance Notice for an additional 23 charges yesterday (Thursday, 10 May, 2018).

Police will allege in court the new charges relate to the grooming and indecent assault of five patients between 2015 and 2017, then aged between nine and 22.

The man remains in custody to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Tuesday (15 May 2018).

Inquiries are continuing.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes 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.

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