A man has been charged with indecently assaulting two young boys during the ConFest music festival at Moulamein in southwest New South Wales over the Easter long weekend.
As MMG reports, a 10-year-old boy told Deniliquin Police that the 43-year-old man, who has not been identified, assaulted him whilst he was in the bathroom on Good Friday.
The man then allegedly attempted to carry the boy away from the area, but fell over after losing his footing, giving the boy a chance to escape and run to his parents.
Police allege that the same man also indecently assaulted a seven-year-old boy on Saturday afternoon while they were using a ‘lilo’ — a type of inflatable mattress — at a nearby river.
Officers attached to Deniliquin Local Area Command were notified and dispatched to the location, where the man was found and arrested at about 7.30pm and taken to Deniliquin Police Station.
The man has been charged with two counts of aggravated indecent assault, appearing before Deniliquin Local Court on Sunday where he was refused bail. He is due to appear at Griffith Local Court on Wednesday.
ConFest organisers have not commented on the incidents that occurred over the weekend. A similar incident involving a 34-year-old Chilean man and a 23-year-old Sydney woman occurred at the festival back in 2012.
According to MMG, Deniliquin Police said several women came forward with allegations of sexual assault from the 2012 event, claiming the 34-year-old was offering free massages at the event.
The man was said to have begun inappropriately touching the 23-year-old woman during a massage, ignoring requests to stop, and allegedly digitally penetrated her.
The alleged assaults on the two young boys also come just months after the much-publicised indecent assault of a woman during this year’s St Kilda Festival.
As Tone Deaf reported at the time, the woman was watching a performance by Thundamentals at about 8pm on festival Saturday when the man masturbated onto her back and then disappeared into the crowd.
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