A 58-year-old man from Buxton has been charged with 85 offences relating to historic child abuse.
The man was arrested at Campbelltown Police Station yesterday morning after an investigation by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child and Sex Crimes Squad, and the Lake Illawarra Police District.
The man was at the station in relation to other offences.
Two men allege they were assaulted by the now 58-year-old former scout leader while on scout camps in national parks in Sydney, Lithgow and Mount Pritchard between 1985 and 1989.
The detectives were also told another boy was assaulted while on camps in the Snowy Mountains and Mount Pritchard.
The former scouts leader was charged with 21 counts of homosexual intercourse with a male over 10 years, 15 counts of indecent assault of a person under authority, and two counts of gross indecency to a boy under 18 years.
The man was refused bail and appeared at Campbelltown Local Court yesterday.
He was granted strict conditional bail to reappear before the court next Wednesday.
In total, detectives laid more than 85 charges against the man in relation to nine victims aged between seven and 16 at the time of the alleged offences.
The investigation is ongoing, and detectives are urging anyone who has been a victim of any kind of sexual violence in the region, no matter how long ago the incident occurred, to contact the Child Abuse Unit Illawarra on 02 4222 4916.
The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.