Child indecently assaulted, man charged at Coffs Harbour, NSW

A man will face court today after he was charged with inappropriately touching a child in a shopping centre near Coffs Harbour at the weekend.

A 10-year-old girl was with her family at a shopping centre in Toormina about 11am on Saturday (14 September 2019), when she walked into a clothing store, followed by a man.

The man allegedly indecently assaulted the child, then left the store.

The girl told her mother what had happened and the matter was reported to police.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District attended the shopping centre and an investigation commenced.

Following extensive inquiries, officers stopped a Toyota Corolla in Ann Street, Coffs Harbour, about midday yesterday (Monday 16 September 2019), and arrested the driver.

The 49-year-old man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he was charged with intentionally sexually touch child aged between 10 and 16.

He has been refused bail overnight and will appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court today (Tuesday 17 September 2019).

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