Chipping Norton man charged with having sexual intercourse with children

Police arrest a Chipping Norton man over pedophilia allegations. Picture: Police Media

Police arrest a Chipping Norton man over pedophilia allegations. Picture: Police Media

A Chipping Norton man will face court today after he was charged in relation to two decades worth aggravated indecent and sexual assaults against boys.

Around 6am today, investigators from Liverpool Police attended an apartment in Chipping Norton and arrested the 50-year-old telecommunications technician.

He was charged with 19 offences relating to aggravated indecent assault and sexual intercourse with children, aged between 14 and 16, throughout the 1990’s until May this year. 

Police allege the man befriended some of his victims through his involvement in a south-west Sydney church youth group and as an assistant coach with a Sydney junior baseball team.

Police also allege following information provided by Interpol, the man travelled to Vanuatu where he posed as a visiting Australian welfare worker and handed out toys to underprivileged boys who he later molested.

Detective Sergeant Graham Hibbs said the investigations began after an innocuous call to police was received in May.

‘‘There was no actual allegation of criminal activity that was made [to police],’’ he said.

‘‘[The report was made by] someone who had suspicions about what was occurring and that gave us the platform to have a closer look at the things that were happening.’’

Detective Sergeant Graham Hibbs said the man was believed to be in direct contact with children for more than a decade.

‘‘Its very disturbing because the person is alleged to have been very close to family members,’’ he said.

‘‘So it was definitely a person we say was left in a position of trust with these children.

‘‘The alleged victims of the offences vary from children overseas and children brought to Australia, also with relation to some sporting groups and church groups which the alleged person was involved in for a number of years.’’

Detective Sergeant Hibbs said the degree of the offences range but they all fit in to the child sexual abuse category.

‘‘Our investigation is still ongoing.

"If anyone thinks they have any relevant information that may assist us in our investigation I would urge them to come forward,’’ he said.

‘‘In all cases we would treat their information with respect, dignity and if required anonymity.’’

The man had been refused bail and ordered to appear in Liverpool Local Court later today.

Anyone with any information can call Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000 or Liverpool Police, 9821 8444.

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