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Radio news man found guilty of indecent assault

A FORMER radio identity has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a child.

Nicholas Francis O'Callaghan, 53, faced six charges of possessing child abuse material and one count of aggravated indecent assault of a child and one count of indecent assault of a person under the age of 16 years.

The defence team for the former news director of Radio 2CS-FM and Star FM in Coffs Harbour had pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child abuse material on March 20 this year.

During the final stages of the hearing, Magistrate Brian van Zuylen amended the charges to remove the term 'aggravated' as the term implies the child was under Mr O'Callaghan's authority.

During the Port Macquarie Local Court summation, Magistrate van Zuylen said the evidence of the victim was too strong to be dismissed.

"The court has looked carefully at the child's evidence and found her descriptions powerful," Magistrate van Zuylen said.

"She is a convincing and believable witness throughout evidence, interviews and cross examination."

The sentencing hearing has been set down for October 13 this year. Until then Mr O'Callaghan remains on conditional bail.

Topics:  indecent assault, port macquarie local court



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