This article titled “Boy, 16, charged with rape of four-year-old boy in remote Northern Territory community” was written by Helen Davidson, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 27th March 2018 07.31 Asia/Kolkata
A 16-year-old boy has been charged over the alleged rape of a four-year-old boy in a remote Northern Territory community.
It is at least the second such incident in the Barkly region, after a two-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Tennant Creek last month.
The 16-year-old is scheduled to appear in the Alice Springs youth court on Tuesday, to face one charge of sexual intercourse without consent.
The NT police child abuse taskforce was investigating the alleged attack, which reportedly occurred on Sunday, and said it was not seeking anyone else in relation to the matter.
A 24-year-old charged with sexually assaulting a two-year-old in Tennant Creek is scheduled to appear in court in April.
That alleged incident prompted emergency measures by NT authorities, including the immediate deployment of extra Territory Families department staff and the implementation of strict alcohol restrictions on Tennant Creek.
The community where the latest alleged assault happened is one of about 100 in the NT with restrictions or bans on drinking alcohol.
On Monday the NT chief minister, Michael Gunner, said extra Territory Families staff had been deployed to the community and the incident would also be referred to the children’s commissioner.
“This is an extremely disturbing incident,” he told the ABC. “Every child, no matter where they live, deserves to be in a safe environment.”
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