Former school employee charged for sexually abusing student in Riverina

A former school employee will face court today charged following an investigation into the alleged grooming and sexual assault of a student in the state’s south.

In August, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation into reports a 14-year-old girl had been sexual abused by a man employed at the school she attended.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators attended a caravan park in the Riverina and arrested a 40-year-old man about 9.45am yesterday (Thursday 3 December 2020).

Subsequent search warrants were executed at two homes in the Riverina where police seized electronic devices, knives and a sling shot which will now be subject to forensic examination.

The man was taken to Tumut Police Station where he was charged with eleven counts of intentionally sexually touch child (aged between 10 and 16), three counts of sexual intercourse with child (aged between 10 and 16), intentionally do sexual act with child (aged between 10 and 16) and groom child for unlawful sexual activity.

Police will allege in court that the man groomed the girl while employed at the school she attended before sexual assaulting her on numerous occasions between August 2019 and March 2020.

The 40-year-old was refused bail to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Friday 4 December 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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