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Hunter correctional officer charged following sexual offence

A Corrective Services NSW officer has been charged following an investigation into an alleged sexual offence and common assault of a female employee in the Hunter.

In May this year, detectives from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad’s Corrective Services Investigation Unit started enquiries into allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour by a male correctional officer, following a referral from a correctional facility in the region.

Following extensive investigations, detectives arrested a 59-year-old man at a home near Lake Macquarie about 8.40am on Friday 4 June.

He was taken to Belmont Police Station where he was charged with two counts of common assault and incite other to do sexual act with them without consent.

Police will allege in court that the man attempted to instigate sexual activity with a female employee at a correctional facility in April this year.

It will be further alleged the man inappropriately touched the women on a number of occasions.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Cessnock Local Court on Wednesday 23 June.

The man has been suspended by Corrective Services NSW.

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