A 13-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted in the front yard of his home by a 40-year-old man he met on an online app.
Detectives said the alleged assault happened about 6.45pm last Friday, when the man turned up to the child’s home and saw him in the front yard.
“Police will allege in court that the man pushed the boy to the ground and sexually assaulted him,” NSW police said in a statement.
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The boy’s horrified mother saw what was happening and ran to her young son’s aid, forcing the man to take off in his vehicle.
Following the incident, police were called to the home and the child was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for examination.
It’s understood the pair met on a social application on the morning of the alleged sexual assault, where they engaged in conversations, including exchanging images and personal details, and made plans to meet in person, however the boy later deleted the app.
Following extensive investigations, police arrested a 40-year-old man at a home at Kellyville Ridge on Sunday.
He was charged with sexual intercourse without consent and was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today.
The incident has prompted police to remind parents and guardians about speaking with their children about staying safe online, particularly during the school holiday period, when they’re likely to have more or unrestricted access to the internet.