Stephen Bourke accused of sexually assaulting five teenage boys over 17 year period

Newcastle courthouse.
Newcastle courthouse.

A HUNTER man, 61, has been accused of sexually assaulting five teenage boys at Dora Creek, Rathmines, Awaba, Gorokan and Bathurst between 1994 and 2010, according to court documents.

Stephen Paul Bourke, who last listed an address at Cessnock Showground on Mount View Road, did not come up on the audio visual link from Parklea Correctional Centre during a brief mention of his matter in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.

Mr Bourke has been charged with 20 offences relating to five alleged victims, aged between 13 and 16, at five locations over a 17-year period, court documents state. 

Mr Bourke was living at a motor home at Morisset Showground when he was arrested by Lake Macquarie detectives on April 30.

He was initially charged with nine offences, including five counts of aggravated sexual assault, in relation to three alleged victims and taken into custody.

Mr Bourke was considering making a bail application in June, but that was later abandoned.

And then in September detectives charged Mr Bourke, then living at Parklea Correctional Centre, with a further 11 counts of aggravated sexual assault on a victim under the age of 16. 

Those charges relate to allegations of sexual assault against two teenage boys between 2000 and 2010, court documents state. 

The matter was adjourned until January 17.

Magistrate Rodney Brender noted the prosecution needed some time to consider how it was going to proceed against Mr Bourke.