CHARGED: Warwick man accused of child sex abuse

HEARING: A Warwick man has pleaded not guilty to 25 charges at Warwick District Court.
HEARING: A Warwick man has pleaded not guilty to 25 charges at Warwick District Court.

TWENTY-FIVE child abuse charges have been laid against a Warwick man facing a hearing in Warwick District Court.

The 37-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all charges, which include 11 counts of rape as well as indecent treatment of a child under 12.

Crown Prosecutor Michael Gawrych said the offences were committed against four alleged victims, three young girls and one boy, who were aged between six and 13 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Mr Gawrych said the man was in an on-again, off-again relationship with the mother of one of the young girls.

The court heard that on one occasion the man she saw as a father-figure and called "Dad" drove both her and her cousin to a park.

Mr Gawrych said that after pulling the car over, the man then abused both girls and threatened to leave them in the park if they didn't comply.

"You'll hear that he touched her lots and that's over and above the specific acts and occasions she can recall," he said.

A jury of three men and nine women have been empanelled to deliver a verdict.

They were told the man also offered money and threatened to hurt family members to keep the abuse a secret.

The crown alleges the abuse occurred between 2003 and 2013 in Warwick and surrounding areas in cars, a caravan and bedrooms.

Mr Gawrych said on some occasions, the then-children witnessed the abuse of their family members.

Police officers and parents of the alleged victims, who are all now adults, will give evidence during the proceedings.

The defence team did not give an opening statement.

Topics:  child sex abuse child sex charges rape warwick crime warwick district court

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