A man has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of a young girl at Lismore yesterday.
Last night (Wednesday, 29 July, 2020), police received a report a 12-year-old girl was approached by an unknown man near Magellan and Carrington Streets, Lismore, before being sexually assaulted near Molesworth Street.
Officers from Richmond Police District, together with detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, commenced an investigation into the incident.
Following inquiries, a 38-year-old man was arrested at a home near Lismore just after 10.30am yesterday (Thursday, 30 July, 2020).
Later that day, officers executed a search warrant at the home and seized a mobile phone and other items relevant to the investigation.
The man was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with five counts of aggravated sex assault-victim under the age of 16 years, aggravated sexual assault-inflict actual bodily harm on victim, common assault and intentionally touch child aged between 10–16 years.
He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Friday, 31 July, 2020).
The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.
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