BREAKING NEWS: Doctor from Coffs Harbour Charged Over Alleged Incitement of Sexual Assault Against Child

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11 April 2019

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UPDATE:

A Coffs Harbour doctor has appeared in a Parramatta Court following his arrest.

Dr Murray Govan was charged by Strike Force Trawler detectives over allegedly inciting the sexual assault of a child in Sydney’s west.

Dr Govan did not apply for bail, and remains in custody.

He will reappear at Parramatta Court on April 17.

 

EARLIER: 

Strike Force Trawler detectives have charged a Coffs Harbour specialist doctor over allegedly inciting the sexual assault of a child in Sydney’s west.

In March 2019, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from the state’s Mid North Coast.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with the 32 year old mother of an 11 year old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually explicit acts he wished to perform on the child as well as with the mother and daughter together.

It will also be alleged that the man sent child abuse material before making arrangements to meet with both the woman and girl for sex.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 49 year-old Coffs Harbour man outside a hotel at Parramatta about 7:30pm on Wednesday night.

Strike Force Trawler investigators executed a search warrant in a Parramatta hotel room, where they seized a laptop, mobile phones, electronic storage devices, and children’s toys. These items will undergo forensic examination.

The man was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with inciting a person as an accessory before the fact to attempted aggravated sexual intercourse of a person between 10 and 14 years of age, and using a carriage service for child pornography.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Thursday 11 April 2019).

Detectives have also executed a search warrant at a property in Coffs Harbour.

Investigations are continuing.

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