Volunteer youth worker charged over sexual touching of young boy at Newcastle, NSW

A volunteer youth worker will reappear in court today charged over the alleged sexual touching of a young boy near Newcastle.

On Tuesday (22 December 2020), police received reports that an eight-year-old boy had been sexually touched by a man while attending a vacation care program at a youth club in Broadmeadow.

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

Following inquiries, detectives, with assistance from officers attached to Newcastle City Police District, attended a home in Lambton and arrested a 57-year-old man about 11.40pm the same day.

The man was taken to Waratah Police Station and charged with three counts of sexual touching (child under 10 years).

Police will allege in court that the man sexually touched the boy while working as a volunteer youth worker at a youth club in Broadmeadow.

The man appeared at Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday 23 December 2020, where he was granted strict conditional bail to reappear at the same court today (Wednesday 20 January 2021).

Investigations 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.

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.

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