Man bailed on child sex charges

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

A 34-year-old man charged with four counts of sex­u­ally pen­e­trat­ing a child has been granted bail in a Ger­ald­ton court, de­spite be­ing strongly op­posed by po­lice.

The man, who can’t be named for le­gal rea­sons, ap­peared on Thurs­day and is also charged with seven counts of in­de­cently deal­ing with a child, two counts of com­mon as­sault and two counts of breach­ing pro­tec­tive bail con­di­tions. The charges date back as far as 2015.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Lau­ren Cameron said bail had been strongly op­posed by po­lice dur­ing each of the man’s ap­pear­ances.

A home de­ten­tion op­tion was also ruled out by Adult Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions, which deemed the man’s par­ents’ house un­suit­able be­cause it would not sup­port the re­quired in­ter­net sys­tems.

Mag­is­trate Donna Webb said to over­come the tech­ni­cal deficits, she would place the man on pro­tec­tive bail with a 24 hour cur­few.

“Bail is a pos­si­bil­ity be­cause the com­plainants no longer re­side in Ger­ald­ton,” she said.

The man was granted bail with a $20,000 per­sonal un­der­tak­ing, $10,000 surety and or­ders not to con­tact the com­plainants or leave Ger­ald­ton.

Ms Webb said the man would have to be care­ful to abide by the con­di­tions. He will ap­pear in the same court again later this month.

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