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A police investigation has alleged that three teenage girls were sexually abused by their foster parents over a seven-year period.
Child abuse and sex crimes detectives have charged three people, including two former foster carers, while investigating the reports.
Two men, aged 79 and 36, and a woman, 63, face a combined 28 charges, including grooming a child for sex, aggravated sexual intercourse with a child and concealing child abuse.
Officers formed Strike Force Dowell in August, after receiving reports three girls had been abused by a man and woman in their care in Sydney, Australia.
On Monday, officers arrested the 79-year-old man and 63-year-old woman at Liverpool police station, a city in the country.
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Both appeared the following day before Liverpool Local Court, where the man was granted strict conditional bail but the woman was formally refused bail, News.com.au repors.
They are set to appear before the courts on February 16.
The man, 79, was charged with 13 offences, including grooming a child under 14 years for sex, grooming child for sex, and aggravated sexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 14.
Other charges listed were aggravated sexual intercourse child aged between 14 and 16, aggravated indecent assault (victim under authority) and incite aggravated indecency (victim under 16 and under authority).
He is also charged with indecent assault of a person under 15, aggravated inciting a person do sexual act with them, concealing child abuse offences, using an intoxicating substance to commit indictable offence, and three counts of intentionally sexually touch child aged between 10 and 16.
The woman faces 11 charges, including two counts of concealing child abuse offence, two counts of common assault, using intimidation or violence to unlawfully influence a person, three counts of stalk or intimidate, conspiracy to commit dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, and two counts of hindering the investigation of a serious indictable offence.
Another man, 36, was arrested during a vehicle stop in Minto on Thursday, and police allege the man sexually assaulted a young girl who was known to him.
The man was charged with having sexual intercourse with person (aged between 10 and 14 years), conspiracy to commit dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.
He was refused bail to appear before Campbelltown Local Court on Friday, where he was again refused bail.
Investigations under Strike Force Dowell continue.
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.c
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