Child offender charged

A BAROSSA Valley man has been charged with a raft of child sex offences, just months after two other Barossa Valley men were charged with similar offences.

Detectives from the Special Crimes Investigation Branch and Elizabeth Criminal Investigation Branch arrested the 33-year-old on Tuesday, and he was refused bail to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The man was charged with persistent sexual exploitation of a child, six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, acts of gross indecency and aggravated compelled sexual manipulation of a child.

Last November, a Barossa Valley man in his 30s was charged with two counts of aggravated indecent assault and two counts of persistent exploitation of a child.

In December, a 59-year-old Barossa Valley man was arrested by members of the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team and charged with one aggravated count of possessing child exploitation material.

Police have alleged that the children depicted in the material were under the age of 14 years.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000).

Anyone who needs help is urged to call the Kids Helpline (1800 551 800) or Lifeline (13 11 14).

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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