56-year-old man to face additional child sex offence charges


Ongoing investigations as part of ACT Policing’s Operation Pyrite will see several fresh charges laid against a 56-year-old man in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday, 18 July 2022.

The man was arrested in February 2022 and initially charged with six offences.

Since then, Operation Pyrite has received additional information to support further charges for offences against the initial victims, and another victim has come forward.

The charges to be laid on Monday include two counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child, which carries a possible sentence of 25 years imprisonment.

In total, the man will be facing 17 charges. These will also include:

  • Eight counts of committing an act of indecency in the presence of a person under 16 years,
  • Four counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 16 years,
  • Two counts of committing an act of indecency on a person under 16 outside of Australia, and
  • One count of committing an act of indecency on a person under 16 years.

Operation Pyrite’s investigations are ongoing, and anyone with information relating to this matter is urged to contact Crime Stoppers from anywhere in Australia on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers website.

Anyone with such information who is outside Australia should report via the website. Please refer to “AFP Operation Pyrite” when providing information.

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au

Note for editors:

The names of some of the offences alleged against the man have changed recently. Police are required to lay charges under the legislation in force at the time it is alleged the offences took place.

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