Rockingham man charged over alleged sexual assault of girl in Merriwa

A MAN has this month been charged over the alleged sexual assault of a family friend’s child in Merriwa more than 20 years ago.

Police allege the 46-year-old man took the victim, who was aged six or seven at the time, outside and assaulted her while others slept at the property in 1996.

The offence was reported last year.

Investigators charged the Cooloongup man with the indecent dealing of a child under 13.

He is due in Joondalup Magistrates Court on January 29.

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