Historic sex charges against former Junee teacher have reached 26

THE number of historic sex charges against an alleged Junee paedophile has climbed to 26 after the laying of another six charges by investigating police.

The fresh charges were flagged at the previous mention of the man’s case on April 5 and were listed in Wagga Local Court on Wednesday.

A standing court order suppressing the 81-year-old former teacher’s name was extended to the new charges on Wednesday on an application by the accused’s solicitor, John Weir.

The latest charges are: three counts of assaulting a male and committing an act of indecency; and three counts of indecent assault on a male.

All charges relate to the same alleged victim between January 1 and December 31, 1969, at Junee.

“There are now seven sets of matters,” Mr Weir told magistrate Michael Crompton when he mentioned the case, adding the fresh charges to six previous sets of charges already before the court.

Mr Weir asked for the case to be adjourned to July 5 for him to continue negotiations with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on all the alleged offences.

The latest charges take to eight the number of boys the accused man is alleged to have offended against between 1965 and 1980.

Most of the charges allege acts of indecency, but also include eight counts of buggery.

The man was first arrested at his Junee home on September 12 and was free on bail until December 2 when he made his second court appearance and a second set of charges was revealed.

Magistrate Michael Crompton at that time refused bail.

The accused was not required to be in court on Wednesday for his case.

No pleas have been entered to any of the charges at this stage.

The man was arrested by detectives attached to Strike Force Cornet, which was formed to investigate allegations of sexual assault in parts of the Riverina between 1964 and 1992.

Wagga police urge victims of sexual assault to telephone them on 6922 2599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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