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Australian Army Member Charged With Child Sexual Assault

A serving member of the Australian Army is facing multiple charges over an alleged sexual relationship with a nine-year-old girl.

A Defence spokesperson has confirmed the army member was arrested by Queensland police on Friday and charged with offences including sexual assault of a minor, but said no personal or service history details would be released due to the Privacy Act.

"It would also be inappropriate for Defence to comment or speculate as to any possible outcomes while this matter is before the courts," the spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday.

News.com.au reports the 31-year-old man is facing 17 charges including rape, maintaining a relationship with a minor and indecently dealing with a child. 

The man in question allegedly denied that he was a pedophile during his court appearance but says he was 'attracted to her personality'. 

The victim is allegedly his step daughter.

“He says he was not sexually attracted to her, however, he was attracted to her personality,” Sgt Gorton told The Courier Mail. 

He appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday. 

“Despite the horrific nature of these offences, it’s not suggested he has tried to (commit them) against other children," Defence Lawyer Nick Hanly told the courts.

“He told me he doesn’t identify as a pedophile.”

The accused was granted bail but will be under house arrest at the Enoggera Barracks until a psychiatric assessment is completed - which will determine his standing with the Armed Forces. 

With AAP

H/T: News.com.au

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