A MAN in his 30s has been charged with drugging and raping a teenage girl at a home in northern NSW.
The 35-year-old is alleged to have given the 16-year-old girl crystal methylamphetamine before sexually assaulting and raping her at a house in Lismore on June 27.
The girl reported the incident to police and, following investigations, her alleged abuser was arrested at a property in Campbell Crescent at Goonellabah on Thursday morning.
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He was taken to Lismore Police Station and questioned extensively before being charged with a list of serious offences, including rape and two counts of aggravated sexual assault.
The man was also charged with detaining a person with intent to commit a serious indictable offence, and using an intoxicating substance to commit an indictable offence.
He was remanded in custody overnight and due to appear in Lismore Local Court today.
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