Carer charged over alleged aggravated sexual assault in Hunter

A man has been charged over the alleged aggravated sexual assaults of a boy who was in his care in the Hunter region last year.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a teenage boy had been sexually assaulted by a man who was caring for him.

Following extensive investigations, a 34-year-old man was arrested at a home in the Hunter region about 7pm Thursday.

The man was taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault – victim under authority, and attempted aggravated sexual assault of child.

Police will allege in court the man sexually assaulted the boy while he was in his care between January and October 2017.

He was refused bail to appear at Cessnock Local Court on Friday.

The boy no longer lives with the man.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children and adults, 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: