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Thirroul man faces additional charges over alleged child abuse offences

police 2A THIRROUL man will face more than 30 additional charges as police continue an investigation into alleged child abuse in the region.

Wollongong detectives undertook a search of a home at Woonona on Wednesday December 11 2019, as part of an investigation into alleged child abuse offences.

During the search, officers seized various electronic devices for forensic examination, before arresting and charging a 31-year-old Thirroul man.

Earlier this month, the man was also charged with offences relating to the alleged procurement of a 14-year-old girl for unlawful sexual activity.

Following extensive inquiries, Wollongong Police say they will lay an additional 36 charges on the man, relating to procuring children for unlawful sexual activity, have sexual intercourse with person older than 14 and less than 16, and possess child abuse material. He remains in custody and now faces 51 charges.

Police inquiries are continuing.


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A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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