A MAN has been extradited from Tasmania over child sex offences allegedly committed in the Hunter between 2009 and 2012.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad began investigating in 2013.
The inquiry relates to reports a man sexually assaulted a young girl known to him on numerous occasions.
Extensive efforts to locate the man were fruitless, leading to an arrest warrant issued in 2016.
On Tuesday Tasmanian police arrested a 48-year-old man at Georgetown police station.
Child Abuse Squad detectives travelled south, successfully applying to extradite the man.
He was escorted on a flight to Newcastle on Thursday and formally charged at Raymond Terrace police station with five counts of sexual intercourse with a child between 10 and 14.
He was refused bail to face court on Friday. Investigations continue.
The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, 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/