A former student teacher has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of a young girl on the NSW mid-north coast.
The 27-year-old man was taken into custody at a home at Port Macquarie about 8.15am last Friday.
It comes after detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad launched an investigation in June this year, after receiving reports a 14-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted by a man who was known to her.
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The man, a former student teacher, was taken to the local police station and charged with two counts of have sexual intercourse with person (between 14 and 16 years).
“Police will allege in court that the man met the child at a school in the state’s Mid North Coast two years ago, before communicating with her through a social media application,” NSW police said in a statement.
“It will be further alleged the man sent sexually explicit material to the girl, and sexually assaulted her on two occasions between July 2018 and June 2019.”
The man appeared at Port Macquarie Bail Court on Saturday, where he was granted strict conditional bail to reappear at the same court on Thursday 5 November.
Investigations are continuing.
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