Businessman on child sex charges

A NORTHERN Rivers professional remains in jail, bail refused, after he was charged with a series of sexual assaults against young girls.

He stands accused of twice filming one of his victims.

The 61-year-old man cannot be named to protect the identity of alleged victims.

When the matter came before the Lismore Local Court yesterday, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions revealed further charges may be pending.

The businessman is charged with five counts of procuring a child aged under 14 for unlawful sexual activity; one count of indecent assault against a girl aged under 16; one count of aggravated sexual assault (against a child with an impairment); and filming a child’s private parts to obtain sexual arousal.

The offences relate to at least five different victims.

Some offences are alleged by the DPP to have taken place between January 1 and February 5 this year; and the rest between January 1 and July 31 last year.

The girls were aged between eight and 13 at the time of the alleged offences.

In one offence the man is accused of lifting the skirt of an eight-year-old girl to film her.

In another offence against the same child he is accused of filming her clothed genital area.

Police documents before the court stated the man was arrested and charged in February and bail was refused.

In opposing bail, police said the man had a pattern of offences relating to child sexual offences dating back 17 years.

He had served jail time for similar offences in the past.

Police stated the young victims lived in close proximity to the man’s home and he was aware of the day-to-day activities of the girls and their families.

They also said the man had an expired Australian passport showing he made frequent visits to South-East Asia and that information was given to police that he was intending to travel to Thailand this year within weeks of his arrest.

Police said the man must be considered to be a flight risk.

He appeared yesterday before Magistrate Robyn Denes via video link.

With complete evidence yet to be received by the DPP the matters were adjourned to be heard in the Lismore Local Court next month.

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