Muswellbrook man, 61, to face Newcastle Local Court over alleged historical sexual, physical abuse of teenage girl

POLICE: A man, 61, has been arrested and charged for the alleged historical sexual and physical abuse of teen girl. Strike Force Baria investigations are continuing.
POLICE: A man, 61, has been arrested and charged for the alleged historical sexual and physical abuse of teen girl. Strike Force Baria investigations are continuing.

Detectives have charged a man for his alleged role in the historical sexual and physical abuse of a teenage girl.

In January, detectives from the State Crime Command's Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad established Strike Force Baria to investigate the alleged kidnapping, sexual and physical assault of a teen girl between April 2016 and December 2018 by people known to her.

Detectives previously charged two men, aged 38 and 43, as well as a woman, 60, for their alleged roles in the abuse of the girl.

They remain before the courts.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 61-year-old man at a home in Muswellbrook about 4pm on Monday.

He was taken to Waratah Police Station in Newcastle and charged with 16 sexual and physical violence-related offences.

The charges include:

  • indecent assault person under 16 years of age,
  • cause child older than 14 and below 18 to do act of child prostitution,
  • have sexual intercourse with person older than 14 and younger than 16 years (x2),
  • assault occasioning actual bodily harm (DV) (x2),
  • attempt stalk/intimidate intend fear of harm (domestic) (x3),
  • common assault (DV) (x5),
  • take etc in company with intent get advantage occasion actual bodily harm (DV), and,
  • kidnap with intent commit serious indictable off occasion actual bodily harm (DV)

Police will allege in court that the 61 year old sexually and physically assaulted a 19-year-old woman - then aged between 13 and 16 - on numerous occasions between 2016 and 2018.

He was refused bail and was due to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday.

Investigations under Strike Force Baria are continuing.

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.