POLICE in Milne Bay have charged an expatriate for allegedly sexually assaulting his three-year-old stepdaughter, The National reports.
The man, whose name has been withheld to protect the identity of the child, 41, from Mildura, Victoria, Australia.
He was charged by police with one count of sexually penetrating a child after his arrest on Oct 10.
Police alleged that the man had an argument with his wife of Morobe origin and chased her out of the family premises.
Police said he then proceeded to his stepdaughter’s room and took the girl downstairs to his room, placed her on a couch and sexually assaulted her.
Provincial police commander Lincoln Gerari said the wife peeped through a gap in the fence and noticed Atkinson allegedly raping the child.
Gerari said with the help of her neighbours, she then alerted police who went to their home and arrested him.
Gerari said doctor’s report confirmed that the child has been sexually assaulted.
Gerari said the man’s passport was confiscated but he was let out on a K500 bail on Oct, 11.
He said the man was scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Police said the expatriate was a private contractor in Alotau and had four children, one of which was the girl.
Gerari said the girl was now under the care of welfare officers at a safehouse.