Teen held on mul­ti­ple charges

Broome Advertiser - - News - Shan­non Hamp­ton

A teenager ac­cused of rap­ing a fouryear-old boy in bush on the out­skirts of Halls Creek is also fac­ing charges of mo­lest­ing two other young chil­dren, a court was told re­cently.

In a case de­scribed by lo­cal po­lice as dis­turb­ing and shock­ing, the 16-year-old boy, who can­not be named, was charged with two counts of sex­u­ally pen­e­trat­ing the child near the small Kim­ber­ley town ear­lier this month.

A mem­ber of the pub­lic alerted po­lice to the al­leged sex as­sault about 5pm, which led to of­fi­cers rush­ing to the scene.

The teenager ap­peared briefly in Perth Chil­dren’s Court by video-link from Banksia Hill Ju­ve­nile De­ten­tion Cen­tre where it was re­vealed he was fac­ing fur­ther charges “of a sim­i­lar na­ture” re­lat­ing to the four-year-old, as well as two other chil­dren, aged five and seven. He was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear in court again next week.

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