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Young girl raped – Goonellabah man charged

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NSW police say a man will appear in court today charged over the alleged sexual assault of a young girl at Goonellabah earlier this week.

Yesterday (Wednesday, January 5), police received reports that a six-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted by a man known to her.

The matter was referred to detectives at the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, who commenced an investigation.

Following extensive inquiries and with the assistance of officers attached to Richmond Police District, a 66-year-old man was arrested by investigators just after 3pm yesterday at a home in Goonellabah.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station, where he was charged with aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence-people there, and sexual intercourse with child under the age of 10 years.

Police will allege in court the man gained entry into the girl’s home, then sexually abused her in the early hours of Monday 3 January 2022.

In court today

He was refused bail to appear before Lismore Local Court today (Thursday 6 January 2022).

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.

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: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Anyone with information that may assist Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.


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