HUNTER MAN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED RAPE OF 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL

A Hunter man has been charged with raping an eight-year-old girl multiple times.

Detectives launched an investigation this month, following reports a young girl was being sexually abused by a man known to her.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 60-year-old man at a Hunter home on Monday afternoon.

Police allege the man sexually abused the young girl numerous times over the past year at a Raymond Terrace home.

He has been charged with three counts of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 years, intentionally sexually touching a child under 10 years, and intentionally inciting a child under 10 years to sexually touch them.

The man was refused bail and will appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Tuesday.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.