Elderly man charged over sexual abuse of boys

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An 83-year-old Cranebrook man has been charged following an investigation into historical sexual abuse of two boys while in his care.

In July 2016, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 15-year-old boy had been sexually abused by a male carer earlier that year.

As part of their inquiries, detectives also spoke with a boy who had reported he was sexually abused by a mentor while in care between 2006 and 2008, when he was aged 11.

Following extensive investigations, detectives arrested an 83-year-old man at a home at Cranebrook.

He was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with ‘procure child under 14 years for pornographic purposes’, ‘aggravated indecent assault-victim under the age of 16 years’, and ‘sexual intercourse with person under care-aged 16-17’.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Penrith Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to re-appear at the same court on Friday, March 1.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially 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 on 1800 333 000.

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