Man in court on child abduction, sex assault charges


Brett John Callaghan, 37, did not appear before Parramatta Local Court on Thursday as his case was heard.

He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused by magistrate Miranda Moody.

His alleged victim visited a Sydney shopping centre with friends on Tuesday before going to a nearby skate park where she was allegedly abducted by Callaghan and sexually abused.

The girl was reported missing about 5.30pm that day after she failed to meet up with her parents at Hornsby Westfield.

Police say the girl was seen leaving the Thornleigh skate park with a man she did not know and a child.

Brett John Callaghan allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted a young girl.Source:Supplied

Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec says the other young girl was used by Callaghan to build trust with the alleged victim.

The two children didn’t know each other.

“We’re not sure but we can suspect this other young girl was with this male … that gave her a sense of comfort, sense of safety to say, this guy may be a parent and it’s OK to leave with them,” Detective Superintendent Kerlatec said on Wednesday.

Police do not believe Callaghan and the victim had been in prior contact but he and the girl with him are known to each other.

Brett John Callaghan was refused bail after being arrested.

Brett John Callaghan was refused bail after being arrested.Source:Supplied

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested Callaghan at a home in Dural, where the girl was located about 1.15am on Wednesday, NSW Police allege.

Police also allege the girl was sexually assaulted by Callaghan while in the vehicle on the way to the Dural property and at the home.

That victim is now in the care of family members.

Callaghan has been charged with taking and detaining with intent to obtain advantage, aggravated sexual intercourse with a child between 10 and 14 years, and sexually touching another person without consent.

His case will return to court on May 14 in relation to a forensic order made by police and a potential bail application.

AAP



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