Man, 53, charged with “sexually penetrating” child

A MIDDLE-AGED man has been charged with sexually penetrating a child in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

The 53-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting the minor numerous times in the Morwell area over the space of 12 months, between September 2017 and October this year.

Following protracted investigations, detectives from the Morwell Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team arrested the 53-year-old man at his home last night.


He was charged with sexual penetration of a child aged 17 years under care, supervision or authority.

The 53-year-old Erica man was remanded in custody overnight and due to appear in Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court this morning.

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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