Police call for victims of boys' home abuse to come forward
UPDATE 11.52am: RICHMOND Police District detectives have charged a man following a six-year investigation into alleged sexual and indecent assaults of children in the state's Northern Rivers region more than 30 years ago.
In May 2013, detectives from Richmond Police District established Strike Force Kruseana to investigate allegations of sexual abuse of children from a boys home near Lismore, and other locations in the Mullumbimby area in the early 1980s.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives, assisted by officers from South Sydney Police Area Command and the Australian Federal Police, arrested an 81-year-old man as he arrived at Sydney International Airport on a flight from the Philippines about midday Saturday 19 October 2019.
The man was taken to Mascot Police Station and charged with buggery (two counts), attempt buggery (two counts), procure act of indecency, assault, and indecent assault of male.
Police will allege in court that the man sexually and indecently assaulted two teenage boys who were in his care in the Northern Rivers region between 1980 and 1983.
Investigations under Strike Force Kruseana are ongoing.
As their inquiries continue, detectives would like to speak with anyone who resided at the home in the early 1980s and/or has information relevant to the investigation.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Kruseana investigators can contact Crime Stoppers in strict confidence on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
BALLINA detectives arrested an 81-year-old man yesterday and charged him with 17 counts of sexual and indecent assaults on boys in the 1980s.
It is alleged the man, who offered respite care outside of a boys' home in the Lismore area, 'enticed' two teen victims by engaging them in activities related to fixing and playing with CB radios and electronic gear in the Mullumbimby area.
Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay from Richmond Police District appealed for victims to contact police.
"Police are appealing for anyone to come forward that may have been engaged by this man, particularly through the use of CB radios and electronic equipment during the late '70s and early '80s," he said.
"We believe there will be more victims that will come forward now."
Inspector Lindsay said the investigation into the incidents began six years ago after police received information from the alleged victims and the organisation the two boys were under the care of at the time.
"As a result of receiving that information, Ballina detectives have been working on this case for over six years and primarily we have been waiting for this man to return to Australia from the Philippines."
Ballina detectives have been working with the Australian Federal Police to extradite the man to Australia.
"It took quite some time to locate where this man was; we will allege that he was in a fairly difficult part within the Philippines for us to instigate extradition and proceedings," Inspector Lindsay said.
"We had started to undertake that process for extradition, however, we were able to learn that this man was coming back to Australia and he was arrested as result."
The accused is under guard in Sydney's Prince of Wales Hospital where police anticipate he will have a bedside hearing this morning because of heart issues that required him to be taken to hospital.
Inspector Lindsay said this arrest sends a strong message to the public and alleged victims that regardless of how many years have gone by, if police receive information and complaints, they will act on complaints.