Po­lice look­ing into al­leged sex of­fences

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town -

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing his­tor­i­cal child sex of­fences which al­legedly took place in Myrtle­ford and Pore­punkah over a pe­riod of almost 30 years.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Con­sta­ble Wade Spokes said the of­fend­ing was re­ported to Wan­garatta Sex­ual Of­fences and Child Abuse In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team last year.

“Ini­tially one vic­tim came forward last year which led to four more be­ing iden­ti­fied, all orig­i­nally from Myrtle­ford,” he said.

“All have made state­ments to po­lice, de­scrib­ing of­fend­ing com­mit­ted against them, dat­ing as far back as the early 1960s and con­tin­u­ing un­til at least the late 1980s.”

All of­fences are al­leged to have been com­mit­ted by one per­son, a man now aged 69, from the Myrtle­ford area.

He has been in­ter­viewed in re­la­tion to the mat­ters.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

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