Dad, 37, is accused of ‘using his own daughter to lure a 12-year-old girl from a skate park before raping her in 11-hour ordeal’ – and her parents only realised she was missing when she didn’t turn up to Westfield
- The girl was reported missing after allegedly being seen with Brett Callaghan, 37
- Police allege the girl met him at a skate park in Thornleigh on Tuesday afternoon
- Police launched a search and allegedly found her at Callaghan’s Dural home
- Girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at the home and may have been drugged
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Brett Callaghan, above, was arrested and charged with allegedly detaining and sexually assaulting the 12-year-old
A father has been charged after he allegedly abducted a 12-year-old girl from a skate park and sexually assaulted her in front of his own daughter.
Brett John Callaghan, 37, is accused of approaching the girl at Thornleigh Skate Park in north-west Sydney on Tuesday afternoon, before luring her to his home in Dural.
The girl was seen leaving the park alongside a man, allegedly Callaghan, and his own young child. Callaghan was not known to the girl, officers said.
Police allege he sexually assaulted her on the drive home and again when they returned to the granny flat, on the same property where his parents also reside.
The child was reported missing at 5.30pm after she failed to meet her parents at Hornsby Westfield.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad eventually arrested Callaghan just after 1.15am on Wednesday morning.
The alleged victim was taken to hospital for an assessment and the other child is now in the care of relatives.
The 12-year-old girl was allegedly taken to Callaghan’s granny flat in Dural (pictured) on the back of his parent’s property
The 12-year-old girl had been at Thornleigh’s skate park (pictured) when she went missing on Tuesday afternoon
Police released images of the offender being taken into custody on Wednesday
Police allege the schoolgirl left friends at the Westfield earlier in the afternoon to meet Callaghan and his child at the park, meaning she was missing for about 11 hours.
‘We will allege that once they left in the car and went to a home at Dural, she was sexually assaulted,’ child abuse and sex crimes squad detective superintendent John Kerlatec said on Wednesday.
Callaghan has been charged with three separate offences, including aggravated sexual intercourse, and sexually touching another person without consent, as well as another count relating to the alleged abduction.
A crime scene was established at the home and a vehicle was seized a short distance away, which will be forensically examined.
Detective Superintendent Kerlatec said police believed the 12-year-old left with the man ‘thinking she was in the care and custody of somebody she felt safe with’.
‘We sense seeing the other young girl may have given her a sense of comfort, a sense of safety,’ he said.
‘There is concern for all parents at this time when restrictions are being lifted that we have people preying on vulnerable children.’
Police are also investigating whether Callaghan was under the influence of drugs at the time of the alleged assault, and if he drugged the child, 9News reported
Detective Kerlatec said the family of the pre-teen girl were ‘distraught’.
Police allege she was found in the home and was taken to hospital for assessment.
A crime scene was established at the home and a car was seized a short distance away, which will be forensically examined.
Callaghan was not known to the girl.
The man was taken to Hornsby Police Station, where charges are expected to be laid.
The other child remains in the care of family.
The search was conducted by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, with assistance from Kuring-Gai Police Area Command.
Child abuse and sex crimes squad detective superintendent John Kerlatec said on Wednesday the family of the young girl were ‘distraught’