A man is facing child sex charges after he allegedly began abusing a girl when she was just eight years old.
The man, aged in his 50s, originally faced one count of indecent assault person under 16 and was refused bail in his first court appearance earlier this year.
The matter appeared in Bega Local Court on Tuesday, July 14, where Magistrate Doug Dick confirmed one count of grooming a child under 14 for unlawful sexual activity had also been added to the charges against the man.
In court documents, police allege the man indecently assaulted the child on the South Coast when she was eight years old and allegedly exposed her to indecent material when she was nine or 10 to make "it easier to procure" her for unlawful sexual activity.
In court on Tuesday, Magistrate Dick questioned if a non-publication order was required in the matter due to the relationship between the man and his alleged victim.
The man's solicitor argued such an order "would be appropriate in the circumstances" and requested eight weeks for a brief to be prepared.
Magistrate Dick said the man was not required to appear in court over audio visual link that day, installed an interim non-publication order to suppress the girl's identity, and referred the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The case was adjourned to September.
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