Former church volunteer charged over alleged historical sexual offences, NSW

A former church volunteer has been charged with historical sexual assault offences that are alleged to have occurred on the Central Coast in the 1980s.

In September 2016, detectives from Brisbane Water Police District launched an investigation following reports a young girl had been sexually abused in the mid-1980s.

Following inquiries, investigators arrested a 54-year-old man at Gosford Police Station today (Tuesday 19 February 2019).

He was charged with two counts of sexual assault (Cat 4) indecent act with person under 16 yrs, sexual assault (Cat 4) incite indecent act person under 16, and carnal knowledge of girl 10 and under 16 years.

Police will allege in court that the man, who was serving as a youth services volunteer at an Anglican Church at the time, sexually abused a girl, aged between 11 and 13, at multiple locations in Woy Woy between 1984 and 1986.

The Brooker Bay man was granted conditional bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday 12 March 2019.

Meanwhile, inquiries by detectives are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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