Child sex charges laid

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

A MAR­RIED cou­ple pre­vi­ously em­ployed by the Depart­ment of Child Pro­tec­tion will face court later this year col­lec­tively charged with more than 30 child sex­ual as­sault of­fences.

Mid­vale res­i­dents Stephen John Gale and Su­san Gale were sep­a­rately charged with the his­tor­i­cal al­le­ga­tions that al­legedly oc­curred at group homes be­tween the mid 1990s and early 2000s.

Mr Gale was charged with 18 counts of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion of a child un­der 13, seven counts of in­de­cent deal­ings with a child un­der 13, and one count of pos­sess­ing child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial.

It has been al­leged that the of­fences oc­curred while Mr Gale was em­ployed at Dou­ble­view Group Home and Dar­ling­ton Hos­tel.

Mid­land de­tec­tives charged Mrs Gale ( 60) with five counts of sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion of a child un­der 13 and two counts of in­de­cent deal­ing with a child un­der 13.

It is al­leged she sex­u­ally abused a six- year- old boy in 1996 while work­ing at the Dou­ble­view Group Home.

The pair ap­peared in Perth Mag­is­trates Court last Fri­day and will reap­pear on Oc­to­ber 19 for a com­mit­tal men­tion.

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