Foster carer arrested over indecent assaults of children

A 77-year-old foster carer has been arrested and charged for the indecent assaults of three children previously in his care.

The man was arrested at his home in Lennox Head on Wednesday following an investigation by police from the Child Abuse Squad.

He was taken to Ballina Police Station and charged with four counts of aggravated indecent assault, before being granted conditional bail to appear in Ballina Local Court on Thursday 13 February 2014.

In court, investigators will contend that the man indecently assaulted three children on separate occasions between 2009 and 2011.

Each of the three children - a boy and two girls, ranging in age from 7 to 17 years - were being cared for by the man and his wife at the time at the time the alleged assaults occurred.

The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical abuse and serious cases of neglect.

The squad works in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Services and NSW Health, with specialised tri-agency teams based at metropolitan and regional locations throughout NSW.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

Reports can also be made to the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.

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