A MAN has been arrested and charged after he allegedly broke into a home in the NSW Hunter Region during the middle of the night and indecently assaulted two young girls as they slept in their beds.
The terrifying incident is alleged to have taken place at Raymond Terrace during the wee hours of yesterday morning
Police said it was shortly after 2am when a man allegedly armed with a knife forced his way into the home by climbing through a lounge room window.
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Once inside, the man then allegedly stumbled through the home in the dark and entered a bedroom where two girls aged 7 and 9 were sleeping.
It’s alleged the man indecently assaulted the 7-year-old girl while she slept before he assaulted her 9-year-old sister when she woke and went to her aid.
The man then ran from the location, leaving behind a large knife in the girl’s bedroom. It has been seized for forensic examination.
Officers saturated the area in the search for the intruder, who was found loitering in a nearby park.
The 20-year-old was arrested and taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station.
There, he was interviewed by detectives from the Child Abuse Squad before being charged with aggravated break and enter committing a serious indictable offence (aggravated indecent assault) and common assault.
The 20-year-old man was remanded in custody and appeared at Raymond Terrace Local Court yesterday where he was formally refused bail to reappear at Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday 30 November.
Investigations by Child Abuse Squad detectives are continuing.