A former Uniting Church Reverend has been arrested and formally charged over alleged historical child sex offences.
The 73-year-old has been extradited to the Gold Coast from Victoria following his arrest over the weekend.
He’s been charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.
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It’s alleged the man indecently treated a teenage girl at a Carrara residence on the Gold Coast in 1995 and in Port Douglas motel in 1997.
Detectives from the Gold Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit commenced an investigation in 2015.
The extradition follows extensive investigations that resulted in the arrest of the man at the Victorian town of Swan Hill on Sunday.
His matter was heard at Southport Court this morning, and he has been remanded in custody to reappear tomorrow.
It’s been reported the man was a former Reverend for multiple Australian churches.
It’s also alleged he knew the family of the child he allegedly indecently treated.
Investigations are continuing.
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