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Young boys charged over alleged abuse

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September 28, 2007 11:57am

  • Five boys aged between 10 and 14 charged
  • Up to eight children allegedly abused
  • Occurred at remote WA Aboriginal community

FIVE boys aged between 10 and 14 have been charged with allegedly sexually abusing children aged between six and seven in the remote Western Australian Aboriginal community of Kalumburu.

Police said that a total of ten charges of sexual penetration and indecent dealing of a child under the age of thirteen were laid on the boys.

The group, consisting of a 10-year-old, an 11-year-old, a 13-year-old and two 14-year-olds, allegedly commited the offences earlier this year.

Inspector Phil Clews said the charges were both "unfortunate and tragic" but would give the community and the victims some closure.

Police alerted Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough that further charges were expected when he visited Kalumburu, in the Kimberley region, this week.

Insp Clews said the alleged victims were young.

"They are very young, not babies but they're young," Insp Clews said.


Police were providing support to the troubled community, in conjunction with the Department of Child Protection and other agencies.

More than 30 people from Kalumburu and Halls Creek are now facing charges following the establishment of a judicial taskforce into sexual abuse in remote communities.

The boys will appear in the Perth Children's Court today via videolink from Kununnurra.

With AAP

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