Man charged again over alleged historic child sex offences

Police have laid additional charges on a former Scouts leader in relation to historical child sexual assault offences allegedly committed thirty years ago in areas including Mount Pritchard.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child and Sex Crimes Squad and Lake Illawarra Police District have been conducting an extensive investigation into a number of reported historical child sexual assault matters.

A man, 58, was previously charged with numerous offences and remains before the court. 

Investigators were subsequently provided with further information from two men who alleged they were assaulted while on camps at national parks around Sydney and Lithgow or at Mount Pritchard between 1985 and 1989.

As part of ongoing investigations, detectives received information about alleged assaults on another boy while on camps at the Snowy Mountains and Mt Pritchard in 1988.

The man was arrested at Campbelltown Police Station about 9am yesterday on Thursday, March 8.

The former Scouts leader was charged with 21 counts of homosexual intercourse with a male over 10 years, 15 counts of indecent assault – person under authority, and two counts of gross indecency by male with male under 18.

The alleged offender was refused bail and appeared at Campbelltown Local Court yesterday, where he was granted strict conditional bail to reappear next Wednesday, March 14.

In total, investigators have laid more than 85 charges relating to nine victims, who were aged between seven and 16 at the time.

Scouts NSW fully support the police in their work to identify people from any sector of the community if they threaten or harm children.

The investigation is ongoing, and detectives are urging anyone who has been a victim of any kind of sexual violence in the region, no matter how long ago the incident occurred, to contact the Child Abuse Unit Illawarra on 02 4222 4916.

  • Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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