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Man To Appear In Court Over Alleged Kidnapping And Sexual Assault Of 11-Year-Old Girl

The man has been refused bail and faces multiple charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault.

A man will face court today (Sunday, June 17) charged over the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Newcastle last week.

The 47-year-old man has been refused bail, charged with kidnapping, six counts of aggravated sexual assault, and four counts of aggravated indecent assault.

He is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court this morning.

Police spent Tuesday morning speaking with residents in the Adamstown Heights area. Image: Ten News.

Police will allege in court the girl was walking to school through a park in Adamstown Heights, just after 9.15am on Tuesday, June 12, when she was approached and threatened by a man who claimed he was armed with a knife.

The man is alleged to have sexually assaulted the girl at the location before forcing her into a red Holden Commodore and driving to a remote area of bushland. He is accused of detaining the girl at the location for a number of hours, and repeatedly sexually and indecently assaulting her.

Detectives and local police arrested the man during a vehicle stop on Beaumont Street, Hamilton, about 12.15pm on Saturday.

The girl was released at Kotara Railway Station about 2.15pm, and she returned home and reported the incident to family.

Police were contacted and the girl was taken to John Hunter Hospital for a medical examination.

Police conducted a forensic search at Hudson Park.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad and Newcastle City Police District established Strike Force Bradly to investigate the incident.

Following extensive inquiries and acting on information from the community, local police stopped the Commodore on Beaumont Street, Hamilton, about 12.15pm on Saturday.

The vehicle was seized and examined by specialist forensic officers.

The 47-year-old male driver was arrested by Strike Force Bradly detectives and taken to Newcastle Police Station, where he was later charged.

Police would like to thank the community for their support and assistance in the investigation.

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: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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