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Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec

Man Arrested Following Investigations Into Aggravated Indecent Assaults Of Children

Sex Crimes Squad

Detectives have this afternoon arrested a man following investigations into a series of aggravated indecent assaults on children at fast food restaurants.

Strike Force Brookview comprises detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad, with assistance from Miranda, Burwood and Canobolas Local Area Commands, and was established to investigate the incidents.

About 4pm today, Police from Botany Bay Local Area Command arrested a 48-year-old man, a Spanish National, in a car park at Sydney’s International Airport. He is expected to be taken to Mascot Police Station shortly.

The arrest follows information received from a member of the public who sighted the man at the location and contacted local Police.

The most recent incident occurred about 8.25am today, in which a nine-year-old girl was approached and kissed and on lips by a man outside a fast food restaurant on the Olympic Highway at Cowra.

The second incident occurred about 10.20pm on Saturday 12 December, in which a woman entered a fast food restaurant on the Princes Highway at Sylvania with her son and daughter before all three went to the public toilet at the premises.

Whilst in the men’s toilet, the 11-year-old boy was allegedly touched inappropriately by a man who also kissed him on the mouth.

The third incident occurred about 8.30pm on Saturday 12 December, in which a woman and her two children entered a fast food restaurant on Victoria Road at Drummoyne.

The woman left the table momentarily to order dessert, before a man reportedly grabbed the 4-year-old boy’s face and kissed him on the lips and giving him a lolly pop.

Today’s developments follow the issue of CCTV images by Police over recent days.

Sex Crimes Squad Commander Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec said the NSW Police Force is committed to thoroughly investigating all matters involving assaults on children.

“Today’s arrest was possible as a result of the committed assistance from members of the public, the media, as well as the hard work conducted by a dedicated team of officers.”

“I wish to thank members of the public and the media for their efforts in assisting Police during this investigation.” Det. Supt. John Kerlatec said.

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