A 26-year-old-man will face Wagga Local Court on Wednesday after being charged with allegedly making sexual advances to a child in front of Leeton High School.
Rahmatullah Rezaei did not apply for bail when he appeared in Griffith Local Court on Monday and remains in custody.
Detective Acting Inspector Cherie Knox from Griffith Local Area Command said the man had been charged with procuring a child under 16 for unlawful sexual activity and two charges of intimidation, after three separate incidents in Leeton.
“Two incidents occurred on Thursday, September 17, one at 11.30am involving a 16-year-old-boy and 4.10pm with a 16-year-old-boy,” Inspector Knox said.
“The final incident occurred on Sunday, September 20 at 10am involving a 14-year-old boy.
“On each occasion the boys were approached by the male and advances of a sexual nature were made. No child was injured in any of the reported incidents.”
Griffith detectives investigating the matter arrested and charged the man on Sunday night.
Bail was refused and the man will appear at Griffith Local Court on Monday.
If you have any information in relation to any of these incidents police are urging you to make contact with either Griffith Police on 6969 4299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
“Community information is instrumental in assisting with locating wanted offenders of serious crime,” Inspector Knox said.
The incident had again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children, including:
- Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.
- Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.
- Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.
- Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officer, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.
- Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.
- If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.
- If someone tries to grab you, yell out, “Go away, I don’t know you”. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don’t know.
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