Man charged over alleged abduction, assault of young girl
A man has been charged over the alleged abduction and sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Sydney's north-west.
Brett Callaghan, 37, was arrested by detectives at Dural just after 1am.
The girl had been reported missing to police on Tuesday afternoon after failing to meet her family as planned at Hornsby Westfield shopping centre.
Police said she was at the Brick Pitt skate park earlier that afternoon and was seen leaving with "an unknown man" and another child.
The man allegedly lured her into his car. She was taken to a house in Dural where she was allegedly sexually assaulted.
The girl was allegedly found at the home and taken to hospital for assessment.
A crime scene was set up at the home and a nearby vehicle was seized to be forensically examined.
NSW Police said the man had been charged with multiple offences, including take and detain with intent to obtain advantage, aggravated sexual intercourse with a child, and sexually touching another person without consent.
"It will be further alleged the girl was sexually assaulted by the man while in the vehicle and at the home," police said.
He has been refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday.
The second child is in the care of family.
Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, said the girl's parents were "absolutely distraught."
"It is a concern for all parents that at this time when restrictions are considered to be lifted we have people preying on vulnerable children," he said.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.