Man accused of child abuse bailed

A MAN who allegedly abused three children under 13 at Rockhampton's Rock Pool Water Park has been released on bail.

The man, 57, who cannot be named by law, was released from custody on Friday under strict bail conditions imposed by Magistrate Barry Cosgrove.

The man faces five counts of indecent treatment of a child.

The man has to report to police twice a week, cannot leave the Rockhampton region or use a computer, and has to surrender his passport.

He was arrested and charged after an alleged incident involving children aged 13, 10 and 8 in early January at the water park.

He is also charged with breach of privacy.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Darrell Dalton had rejected the bail application from lawyer Jack Blackburn on many grounds, including that the man could interfere with witnesses.

But Mr Blackburn said the children had relocated and there was no threat of interference, as he would have no contact with them.

Mr Blackburn said the facts of the case were odd and would be vigorously defended.

He said the mother of the three children acted "very strangely" in that she alleged to have seen the incident occur, but continued to stay at the man's home, only reporting to police when she was leaving Rockhampton the next day.

He also said it was odd that the alleged incident occurred at a popular public area, but no other member of the public witnessed the incident occur.

The man is due to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on March 14.



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