First arrest made over Daruk Training School allegations

The man is escorted through Sydney airport by detectives. Picture: NSW Police.
The man is escorted through Sydney airport by detectives. Picture: NSW Police.

The first arrest has been made in relation to allegations of historical sex offences at the Daruk Training School in Berkshire Park between 1965 and 1985.

Detectives from Strike Force Eckersley made the arrest in February, police announced today (March 12).

“Acting on a formal complaint, officers travelled to Brisbane and, with the assistance of Queensland detectives, arrested a 67-year-old Jindalee man on February 28,” a police statement said.

“He was extradited to New South Wales and faced the Penrith Local Court on March 2 on 19 historical charges, including indecent assault on a male and buggery.

“The charges relate to the alleged sexual abuse of boys, aged 12 and 13, in the late 1970’s.

“The strike force continues to investigate a range of other matters.”

The Daruk Training School was located on the site of the John Moroney Correctional Centre.

Strike Force Eckersley was established by the Nepean Police Area Command in late 2016 following a series of complaints made to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.