Big W exterior at Ballina Central.
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Nowra man allowed strict bail on child molesting charges

POLICE pounced when a man they wanted to talk to about sexual assaults on two girls on Tuesday and Wednesday appeared at the crime scene on Thursday.

Based on CCTV footage of the two alleged attacks, detectives and officers from the Target Action Group arrested Nowra man Jason Troy Lloyd when he went to the Ballina Central shopping centre about 4.30pm.

Lloyd was later charged with three counts of indecently assaulting a person under 16 years old.

Police allege some time between 3.30-4.10pm on Tuesday, Lloyd indecently assaulted a six-year-old girl in the toy department of Big W.

The girl, who was with her younger brother, reported it to her mother, who was close by. She reported it to store security and police, who launched an investigation.

Police allege the next day Lloyd went to the neighboring shopping centre and indecently assaulted a 13-year-old girl in the DVD section of K Mart.

The 39-year-old appeared in Ballina local court yesterday.

The court heard Lloyd, who was not known to either of the victims, was visiting a friend in Ballina at the time of the assaults.

Lloyd's Legal Aid solicitor, Rachael Thomas, entered not guilty pleas to all charges on behalf of her client.

In applying for bail, Ms Thomas said her client had strong community ties at Orient Point, near Nowra, where he owned a house and lived with his partner.

She said Lloyd would be prepared to comply with strict bail conditions if granted bail.

Police prosecutor Alissia Kennedy opposed bail, stating Lloyd posed a serious risk to community safety.

"The entire community is at risk, particularly in light of the facts," she said.

Magistrate Brian Van Zuylen granted Lloyd conditional bail to live with his partner at Orient Point.

He ordered Lloyd to report to Nowra police daily and to not to go to Ballina except for legal or court appointments.

Both Lloyd and a person acceptable to the court are required to agree to forfeit $2000 if he breaches his bail.

Mr Van Zuylen adjourned Lloyd's matters until December 4 at Lismore Local Court.

He is excused on that occasion if legally represented.

Police referred the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday afternoon.

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