A TEENAGER has been arrested and charged with raping four children known to him over the space of seven years in the NSW Illawarra region.
The children were aged between four and 12 years and were allegedly sexually and indecently assaulted between 2011 and 2018.
Police said detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad were made aware of the allegations last month.
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Following extensive inquiries, the 18-year-old was arrested at Wagga Wagga Police Station on Wednesday afternoon and charged with almost 20 offences.
Among the charges include eight counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 14 and five counts of having sex with a child under the age of 10.
The 18-year-old has also been charged with six counts of indecently assaulting a person under 16.
The man was remanded in custody overnight and due to appear before a children’s court today.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.
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