Bail refused for man accused of sexually assaulting daughter

A 31-year-old Lake Macquarie man accused of sexually assaulting his three-year-old daughter has been refused bail in Raymond Terrace Local Court.

The man, who cannot be identified, was charged on Tuesday after a lengthy investigation following his daughter's diagnosis with a sexually transmitted infection.

Police fiercely opposed his release on bail saying the accused had a criminal record including convictions for "matters of violence".

Magistrate Caleb Franklin agreed saying his concerns for the protection of the community, particularly the victim who is of a vulnerable age, eclipsed the rights of the accused in this case.

The matter was adjourned to Newcastle Local Court on September 26.

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