A 16-year-old youth has been charged with the sexual assault of a four-year-old boy in a remote Northern Territory desert community.
The young boy was flown by the Royal Flying Doctor Service from Ali Curung to Alice Springs Hospital on Sunday night and was in a stable condition, reports Daily Mail.
The four-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted behind Ali Curung’s Baptist Church on Sunday evening, the NT News has reported.
A police spokesperson said on Tuesday: ‘A 16-year-old male has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent and will appear in Alice Springs Youth Court today.’
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the latest incident would be referred to the Children’s Commissioner and extra staff from Territory Families had been sent to Ali Curung.
‘I’m aware of an alleged sexual assault of a child in Ali Curung,’ Mr Gunner said.
‘This is an extremely disturbing incident. Every child, no matter where they live, deserves to be in a safe environment.’
Police confirmed on Monday night they had arrested ‘a youth’ following investigations into the alleged sexual assault of the four-year-old.
‘Police from the Northern Territory Child Abuse Taskforce are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a child in a remote Northern Territory community,’ a spokesperson said.
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