Man accused of using pet dog to lure children into home

A FORMER Nimbin man has been accused of using his pet dog to lure children before allegedly indecently and sexually assaulting them.

He has been ordered to face trial in the Lismore District Court.

Graham Robert Lawson, 66, appeared in Lismore Local Court via video-link from prison on Tuesday and was represented by his solicitor Hugh Van Dugteren.

Police allege on the morning of February 20, an eight-year-old boy and a 11-year-old girl befriended Lawson when they began playing with his dog at his Nimbin home.

During the day it is alleged that he sexually and indecently assaulted the boy and girl.

After the children complained to their parents, police were contacted and arrested Lawson the next day at Lismore.

Lawson was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a victim less than 16 years old and indecently assaulting a person less than 16 years old.

He was refused bail.

Investigations since revealed that, on the same day, Lawson allegedly indecently assaulted a 12-year-old boy, and he was also charged with that offence.

On Tuesday, Mr Van Dugteren entered guilty pleas to the charges of aggravated sexual assault of a victim less than 16 and indecent assault of a victim less than 16.

But he said Lawson would plead not guilty to indecently assaulting the 12-year-old boy.

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Lawson to stand trial in the Lismore District Court and listed his committal hearing for September 14.

Lawson, who last listed his address as Lismore, remains in custody until the committal hearing.


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