Man arrested on child sex charges from more than 40 years ago

A 77-year-old man was arrested in Forster yesterday (September 20) charged with 18 historic child sex offences by investigators.

Detectives from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command charged him at Forster Police Station with 16 counts of assaulting a female and committing an act of indecency on a child under 16 years of age; carnal knowledge of a girl under 16 years and sexual intercourse with person under the age of 10 years.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1973 and 1977 in the Newcastle area.

He was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday September 28.

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