A TEENAGER wanted for performing perverted acts in public on the Gold Coast has been arrested and charged with a string of offences, including attempted rape.
The 18-year-old is accused of performing a series of sexual acts in broad daylight in bushland at Varsity Lakes between April 2017 and July this year.
The most recent incident is alleged to have occurred on the corner of Castello Circuit and Tindari Place on Saturday, July 14.
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It’s understood a woman in her 30s was jogging along a path when she was confronted by the 18-year-old allegedly masturbating in full view of her at about 10 o’clock in the morning.
It’s further alleged the teen then started to chase the woman and tried dragging her off the path and into the bushes as she attempted to run away.
Two other women also reported similar incidents to police in December and April last year.
Following a protracted investigation, police released a statement this afternoon confirming an 18-year-old male had been arrested and charged over the incidents.
The Varsity Lakes local will appear in Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow, charged with attempted rape, three counts of indecent acts, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.