Man arrested after tip-off from abused child's friend

A SPIKE in anonymous tip-offs has led to the arrest of child predators across the state and police hope the encouraging results will prompt more people to pick up the phone.

Just this week, one phone call gave police the right to rescue a young Central Coast girl from the misery of sexual abuse within the walls of her own home.

A Newcastle woman phoned police when her daughter told her she was concerned a school friend was allegedly being abused.

Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad investigated the claims and late Thursday, the girl's 65-year-old male carer was arrested.

He fronted the Newcastle Court on Friday charged with five counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of aggravated indecent assault.

Police will allege the girl was repeatedly subjected to sexual abuse while living with the man.

She has since been removed from his care.

Child Abuse Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Anthony Holton said the case and many others like it, were proof anonymous tip-offs save children.

He said victims were notoriously reluctant to report abuse and in some cases, were simply too young to know what was happening to them was wrong.

He said police relied "heavily" on public reports.

"If you see something, hear something, or even just suspect a child is being abused, then you need to report it," Det Supt Holton said.

"It's the whole community's responsibility to ensure the safety of our children."

Anyone with information on child abuse can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.

Reports can also be made online via the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.



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