A 54-year-old man has been charged with two counts of gross indecency involving a child at a rural area caravan park, NT Police said Sunday night.
According to a statement, police said the man “interfered with a young girl in his care” overnight Saturday.
While details were scarce, including which campground, police said in a rare statement disclosing sexual assaults that the man was arrested as soon as they were made aware of the situation by members of the public.
“Neighbouring campers alerted police to the incident, and the man was arrested on site shortly afterward, in the early hours of [Sunday] morning,” media manager Rob Cross said in the statement.
The man was later charged with two counts of gross indecency without consent.
“At the time of writing, bail is yet to be considered but will be opposed by police,” Mr Cross said.
“In the interests of protecting the victim’s privacy, there will be no further details released by police on this matter.”
The NT Police executive and media unit have faced increasing public scrutiny over how they report sexual assaults – including concerning children – after a series of reports in the NT Independent exposed massive failures by the brass to publicly disclose the nature of certain crimes.
In many instances, the NT Police media unit failed to disclose sexual crimes, opting instead to focus on other criminal matters in public releases of information.