A FORMER youth worker has been charged over the alleged ongoing sexual abuse of a young boy in country NSW.
Jason Robert Hedditch, 27, was arrested by detectives from the state’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad in Leeton, in the state’s Riverina region, on Thursday.
He is accused of indecently assaulting a young boy, now aged 10, multiple times over a four year period.
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Police allege the abuse occurred between 2015 and 2018 when the boy was aged between six and nine.
Hedditch, who police say is known to the child’s family, was allegedly employed as youth worker at the time.
He was taken to Griffith Police Station and charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault on a child.
The 27-year-old appeared in Griffith Local Court on Friday where he was released on $5000 bail.
He will need to report daily to police and has been ordered to stay away from children.
He is expected back before the same court again on May 15.
*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 or use the online reporting page.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
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