Man to face trial on rape, indecent treatment charges

A MARYBOROUGH man will face trial on multiple charges of rape, attempted rape and indecent treatment of children.

The 54-year-old man was committed to trial in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Monday.

He has been charged with two counts of rape, four counts of attempted rape and two further charges of attempts to commit rape.

He is also facing seven charges of indecent treatment of children under the age of 12.

Five of those charges allege he was the parent or guardian of one of the alleged victims.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris tendered at least 12 witness statements in court yesterday.

She also tendered diagrams drawn by the two alleged victims, a letter and phone records of one of the complainants.

Handwritten and typed notes from the alleged victims were also tendered.

A recording of a police interview with the 54-year-old and a statement from him were also tendered.

The man, who cannot be named under Queensland law, declined to say anything in response to the charges as he faced court on Monday.

He was granted bail by Magistrate Graeme Tatnell and will appear in the Hervey Bay District Court at a date to be set.

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