Children allegedly lured into homes, sexually assaulted

TWO accused child predators are behind bars following investigations into separate kidnappings on the NSW Central Coast where children were lured into homes, trapped and sexually assaulted.

A distraught mother was reunited with her 9-year-old son on Sunday morning after he fled the home of a man who had allegedly held him captive overnight.

The boy was riding his skateboard at The Entrance when a 37-year-old man allegedly offered to show him his pet lizards.

Once inside the home the man allegedly locked the doors, refused to let the boy leave and during the course of the night sexually assaulted him.

The boy managed to escape and was allegedly followed by the man on Sunday but relatives who had been helping with the police search spotted him and took him home.

The man was arrested by detectives from the child abuse squad on Sunday night and charged with kidnapping and assault offences.

He was refused bail on Monday.

In nearby Maitland, a man who allegedly masqueraded as a professional photographer online and lured young girls to a home was charged with aggravated sexual assault and intimidation.

Police allege the 21-year-old man contacted two girls aged 13 and 14 via social media and claimed to be a photographer looking for models.

The man allegedly asked for naked photos of the girls and arranged to meet both for a "shoot".

One was allegedly sexually assaulted at Maitland and the other at Charlestown.

The man was arrested on Sunday and refused bail in the Newcastle Local Court on Monday.

Investigations are continuing.

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