Indigenous WA artist accused of sex abuse

Indigenous WA artist accused of sex abuse

A MAN who runs Aboriginal tours in Western Australia’s south has been accused of sexually and indecently assaulting four women who sought his knowledge on traditional healing methods.

The artist and storyteller allegedly abused the women between 2009 and 2014 at various locations across the state including Hamilton Hill in Perth, Broome, Denmark and the Stirling Ranges.

He has been charged with nine counts of sexual penetration without consent and three counts of indecent assault, and is due to face Albany Magistrates Court on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for police said in a statement: “Albany Detectives have charged a 57-year-old man as a result of their extensive investigation into alleged historic sexual abuse incidents.

“It is alleged between 2009 and 2014, the man sexually and indecently assaulted four women who had met him due to their interest in traditional Aboriginal healing methods.

“The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone with any information regarding this matter to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

“If you are or have been a victim of sexual abuse, or if you have information about someone being abused, contact police on 131 444.”