Man accused in three child sex cases

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A man appeared in court yesterday accused of molesting two young girls — and is already facing trial relating to an alleged third victim.

The 36-year-old defendant, who cannot be identified by the media at this stage of proceedings, denies all the charges.

In the first case, he is alleged to have touched a girl in a sexual fashion or invited her to touch him on five occasions, and masturbated in front of her on two occasions.

The charges span the period 1999 to 2004. The victim was aged just three years old at the time of the first alleged offences.

In the second set of charges, relating to acts said to have been committed against a different girl last year, the man is accused of touching her in a sexual fashion on two occasions and trying to force her to touch him on a third.

The victim was 13 years old at the time.

The defendant had already appeared in court last June accused of sex crimes against the second victim’s younger sister. The Crown alleged that he coerced the other sister to touch his genitals on two separate incidents during 2010 and 2011.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner remanded him into custody until next month, when his trial on the earlier charges is set to proceed.

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