A 26-year-old man accused of ‘marrying’ and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl has been refused bail in Australia.
The man whose name was not made public was arrested and charged Thursday for 25 counts of s*xual intercourse with the 12-year-old.
Police allege that the man met the girl in the Hunter region in 2013 and became involved in an “ongoing s*xual relationship” with her.
The pair then allegedly moved to a house in Sydney’s west, where they continued the relationship earlier this year.
On Thursday, the 26-year-old was arrested by detectives from the Child Abuse Squad and taken to Auburn police station, Sydney.
Police allege that the two were ‘married’ in a religious ceremony earlier this year.
The man is expected to apply for bail on February 12.