Detectives have charged a man with 70 offences following an investigation into the alleged sexual and physical abuse of a woman and six children on the state's Mid North Coast.
In June this year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 45-year-old woman and six children had been sexually or physically abused by a man known to them between 2015 and 2018.
Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested a 61-year-old man at a home near Taree about 11.40am on Wednesday, September 2.
The man was taken to Taree Police Station and charged with 70 offences including;
He appeared at Taree Local Court on Thursday, September 3 where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court today, October 20.
Following further investigations, Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives executed a search warrant at a property near Taree on Tuesday, September 8.
Detectives were assisted throughout the operation by Northern Region Operations Support Group (OSG), officers from Manning Great Lakes and Mid North Coast Police Districts and police divers from the Marine Area Command.
Electronic storage devices were seized from the home, while three firearms were recovered during a search of a dam. All items seized will undergo further examination.
Investigations are continuing.
The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
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