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Additional charges laid over alleged historic child sex offences

Detectives have laid additional charges on a former Salvation Army officer in relation to historic child sex offences allegedly committed more than forty years ago.

The State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad established Strike Force Lehmann to investigate allegations of sexual and physical abuse by former Salvation Army officers at two boys’ homes in Bexley and Goulburn in the 1960s and 1970s.

The strike force commenced as a result of a referral from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 78-year-old man at Windsor Police Station about 9.20am yesterday (Thursday 8 June 2017).

He was charged with three counts of indecent assault on male, two counts of buggery, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and common assault.

Police will allege in court the charges relate to offences committed against four young boys in a Bexley boys’ home between 1968 and 1974.

The man was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday 13 July 2017.

Another man has previously been charged by strike force detectives. He remains before the courts.

If any member of the public has information in relation to Strike Force Lehmann, they should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Police remind people they should not report crime information via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Police encourage any person who has been a victim of any kind of sexual violence, no matter how long ago the incident occurred, to contact police.

Reports can also be made at any police station.

Source: NSW Police

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