Pharmacy owner on serious charges

A Sydney pharmacist has fronted court charged with child sex offences

News Corp media report that the pharmacist, who the AJP has chosen not to name as legal proceedings are ongoing, has been in custody since May 2019, when he was arrested after a traffic stop.

Police had begun an investigation two months earlier after they were told a 14-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted by a man she did not know.

He was originally charged with aggravated sexual assault deprive liberty on two counts, as well as intentionally sexually touch child between 10 and 16 years old and procure child for unlawful sexual activity.

In December, more charges were added, including two counts of paying a child aged between 14 and 16 in prostitution and one of aggravated sexual intercourse with child aged 14 to 16.

According to mainstream media, police allege that the pharmacist, who owns three pharmacies in the south-west Sydney area, took part in sexual activity with two 16-year-old girls between December 2018 and February 2019.

In March, Picton Local Court heard that the prosecution wanted extra time to consider the evidence after one of the alleged victims had been interviewed again; this extra time was granted.

This week, the pharmacist appeared briefly in court as his defence team asked for another adjournment so that another case conference with the prosecution could be held.

The team said that “extensive” negotiations have occurred.

A plea offer has been made and will be considered by next month.

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