Youth worker refused bail for alleged sexual assault

Detectives have charged a youth worker following an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage girl on the Central Coast.

Early last week, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 15-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted by a man while in his care.

Following inquiries, a 26-year-old man attended Belmont Police Station about 11am on Tuesday, August 31, where he was charged on three counts of intentionally sexually touch child between 10 and 16 years.

Police will allege in court that the man sexually touched the girl on numerous occasions between April and August 2021 while she was in the man’s care.

The man, who is a youth worker, was refused bail before his court appearance.

Investigations are continuing.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are trained to investigate matters 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, with information provided treated in the strictest of confidence.

Media release, Sept 1
NSW Police