Man to face trial on sex abuse charges

Great Southern Herald - - News -

An el­derly Al­bany man fac­ing his­tor­i­cal sex­ual abuse charges dat­ing back more than four decades will likely face trial next year after deny­ing 10 charges.

Harold Clasen ap­peared in Al­bany Mag­is­trate’s Court last Thurs­day, and pleaded not guilty to the 10 charges, in­clud­ing four counts of in­de­cent deal­ing with a child un­der 14, four counts of un­law­ful car­nal knowl­edge of a girl un­der 13, and two counts of in­de­cently deal­ing with a girl un­der 13.

Perth de­tec­tives, with the as­sis­tance of Al­bany de­tec­tives, charged Mr Clasen in March as a re­sult of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of his­tor­i­cal child sex­ual abuse.

The court heard the offences were al­legedly committed be­tween June 1965 and Oc­to­ber 1983 in West River, Mt Mad­den and Raven­sthorpe.

The charges were re­manded to Al­bany Dis­trict Court for a trial list­ing hear­ing on Jan­uary 22.

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