Police investigate historic Campbells Creek assaults

Detectives are investigating historical sexual assaults in the Campbells Creek area.

A man has reported to police that he was sexually assaulted as a child while he was a scout during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

A 71-year-old man has been interviewed by police and released pending further inquiries.

Central Victoria Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team detectives are investigating the possibility that there may be other victims who have not contacted police and are appealing for any victims, witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

SOCIT detective Jamie Coles said investigators were hoping community members could help fill in details about the scout group that would assist with the investigation.

“It's almost 40 years ago and back then they didn't keep electronic records of attendances or have a syllabus or curriculum running, so we’re trying to firm up how often they met, what activities they did, where did they go, who did they see and what did they observe, things like that,” she said.

“They’re a fairly tight-knit community in Campbells Creek and the scout group was one of the few that was up and running and it was lots of community members who volunteered to assist with the scout group, so we’re just trying to glean some more information that can assist with the investigation, and of course if any other victims come forward, that's even more beneficial to the cause.”

Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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