A Gold Coast man has been extradited to northern NSW after being charged over the alleged sexual abuse of a young girl known to him more than five years ago.
The 72-year-old was arrested at a unit in Surfers Paradise on Tuesday after detectives from the Coffs-Clarence Child Abuse Unit obtained an arrest warrant for the man.
It comes after they began an investigation in December last year after receiving a report of the alleged child sex abuse.
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“Police will allege in court that the man sexually abused a young girl who was known to him – then aged between seven and eight – in Coffs Harbour between 2014 and 2017,” NSW Police said.
The man was escorted to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with incite victim under 10 years to commit indecent act, indecent assault person under 16 years of age, and sexual intercourse with child under age of 10 years.
He appeared in Southport Magistrates Court yesterday, where detectives applied for, and were granted, his extradition to NSW.
The man was refused bail and is due to appear at Lismore Local Court today.
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Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
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Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
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