Accused paedophile farmer allegedly raped SIX children for three years and tortured animals including horses, dogs and magpies to death in a small town
- Man’s string of crimes ends as police allege he raped children for three years
- Taree man allegedly also tortured animals such as bulls, pigs, magpies and dogs
- 61-year-old was slapped with 70 offences and pleaded not guilty to all charges
An accused paedophile allegedly raped six children and tortured animals until they died over three years under the noses of a country town.
The 61-year-old farmer allegedly abused a woman, 45, and six children between 2015 and 2018 in Taree, on the Mid North Coast of NSW.
NSW Police arrested the man in September last year after a three-month investigation following tips off about the disturbing allegations.
Police divers search a dam at a property in Taree in September last year after detectives began investigating reports a 45-year-old woman and six children had been sexually or physically abused
He faces 70 charges including grooming a child under 14 years for unlawful sexual activity, stalking and intimidating, assault, and aggravated sexual assault.
Other charges include aggravated indecency with a victim under 16, refusal to provide necessities of life and rape.
His alleged actions towards animals brought charges of torture and beating and causing of death of an animal.
Animals allegedly abused and killed include a bull, cat, goat, pig, magpie, horse and multiple dogs and chickens, which he is understood to have owned.
Three firearms were recovered during a search of a damon the Taree property (pictured)
The man allegedly refused to provide vital medication to a person by hiding it and later throwing it out, and was charged with refusing to provide the necessities of life.
Child abuse and sex crimes squad detectives searched a property near Taree on September 8 and found electronic storage devices.
Three firearms were also recovered during a search by police divers in a nearby muddy dam.
The Taree man has been in jail since his September arrest and was refused bail in October.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges and will return to court in the next few weeks.
Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives searched a property near Taree on September 8 as part of an ongoing investigation into a 61-year-old man accused of raping children and a woman for over three years