Sunday 29 March, 2020

Bail for pastor after sex assault charge against 13-yr-old

A 46-year-old pastor was paced on bail of $75,000 after appearing before a Rio Claro Magistrate on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Dave Neaves of Grace Worship Centre in Rio Claro, appeared before senior magistrate Rae Roopchand.

PC Luke of the Child Protection Unit was the complainant (charging officer) in this matter.

Neaves was represented by attorney Ashley Badal.

Sgt Mohammed represented the State in this matter as the police prosecutor.

The charges were alleged to have taken place at the victim’s home on July 11, 2019.

After further submissions, Badal made a successful bail application on behalf of her client.

Part of the conditions of the bail was that the accused have no contact with the virtual complainant (victim).

The matter was then adjourned to November 18.

More on this as it becomes available.

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