Loftus man, 73, charged with assaults on boys at church-run camps in Royal National Park

A Loftus man, 73, has been charged with historical child sexual assault offences, which allegedly occurred on church-run camps for boys in the Royal National Park.

Sutherland police have been investigating allegations of sexual assault of boys, who were members of the Church of England Boys Society (CEBS) between 1965 and 1984.

A police spokesman said the allegations related to a group leader, who allegedly committed the offences on camps in the Royal National Park and Blue Mountains.

As a result of inquiries, police had arrested the man, 73, on Thursday, June 29, at an address in Loftus.

The spokesman said the man was charged with seven counts of indecent assault upon a male, common assault, and sexual assault without consent.

He was refused bail to and appeared at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday, June 29, where he was granted conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on August 24.

”Police encourage any person who has been a victim of any kind of sexual violence, no matter how long ago the incident occurred, to contact police,” the spokesman said.

“Reports can be made at any police station.”