Brett Callaghan charged with kidnapping and sexually abused 12-year-old girl in Dural, northwest Sydney
IMAGE: Father, 37, accused of kidnapping a girl, 12, from a skate park and raping her for his own DAUGHTER – revealing hair-raising details about her ordeal
- The girl was reported missing after she was reportedly seen with Brett Callaghan, 37
- Police say the girl met him on Tuesday afternoon at a skate park in Thornleigh
- Police conducted a search and reportedly found her at Dural’s home in Callaghan
- The girl was reportedly sexually assaulted at home and may have been drugged
Brett Callaghan, above, was arrested and charged with allegedly detaining and sexually abusing the 12-year-old
A father has been charged after allegedly kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from a skate park and sexually assaulting her for his own daughter.
Brett Callaghan, 37, is accused of approaching the girl at Thornleigh Skate Park in northwest Sydney on Tuesday afternoon before luring her to his home in Dural.
The girl was seen leaving the park with a man reportedly Callaghan and his own young child. Police say Callaghan was unknown to the girl.
Police claim that he sexually assaulted her on the drive home and again when they returned to the granny flat, on the same property where his parents live.
The child was reported missing at 5:30 PM for not meeting her parents in Hornsby Westfield.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad finally arrested Callaghan just after 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
The alleged victim has been taken to hospital for investigation and the other child is now being cared for by family members.
The 12-year-old girl was reportedly taken to Callaghan’s granny flat in Dural (pictured) on the back of his parents’ property
The 12-year-old girl was in Thornleigh’s skate park (pictured) when she went missing on Tuesday afternoon
Police released photos of the perpetrator who was detained on Wednesday
Police say the schoolgirl left friends at Westfield earlier in the afternoon to meet Callaghan and his child in the park, meaning she was missing for about 11 hours.
“We will argue that once they left the car and went to a house in Dural, they were sexually assaulted,” said Detective John Kerlatec of child abuse and sex crimes on Wednesday.
Callaghan has been charged with three separate offenses, including aggravating sexual intercourse and sexually touching another person without permission, as well as another count related to the alleged kidnapping.
A crime scene has been determined at home and a vehicle has been seized a short distance away, which will be investigated forensically.
Detective Kerlatec said police believed the 12-year-old left with the man “thought she was under the care of someone she felt safe with.”
“We find that seeing the other young girl may have given her a sense of comfort, a sense of security,” he said.
“There is concern for all parents at the moment when restrictions are lifted that there are people preying on vulnerable children.”
Police are also investigating whether Callaghan was under the influence of drugs at the time of the alleged attack and whether he had drugged the child, 9News reported
Detective Kerlatec said the pre-teen girl’s family was “distraught.”
Police say she was found at home and taken to hospital for assessment.
A crime scene has been determined at home and a car has been seized a short distance away, which will be investigated forensically.
Callaghan was unknown to the girl.
The man was taken to Hornsby Police Station, where charges are expected to be brought.
The other child stays with the family.
The search was conducted by officers of the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Division, with help from the Kuring-Gai Police Department.
Detective John Kerlatec, a child abuse and sex crimes detective, said on Wednesday that the young girl’s family was ‘distraught’