Tennant Creek, NT
Tennant Creek, NT

Second man charged over alleged rape of 2-year-old girl

POLICE have charged a second man over the rape of a two-year-old girl in Tennant Creek.

Police said a 25-year-old man had been charged with sexual intercourse without consent.

They said the matter related to an incident on February 15 in the Central Australian town but did not give further details.

However, sources have confirmed the charges relate to the rape of the two-year-old girl, an incident that sparked an investigation by the Northern Territory Children's Commissioner.

A 24-year-old man who was charged over the same incident just days after it occurred, remains in custody.

Commissioner Colleen Gwynne's report found the girl and her siblings had been the subject of 52 notifications to child protection agencies since 2002, including for cases of sexual abuse where the offenders had been charged and jailed.

The girl had remained in her mother's care despite 21 notifications being made since her birth.

Ms Gwynne's report found tests done at the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital, where the girl was flown after the rape, showed she had tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection and was treated with post-exposure HIV medication.

But reports also revealed the 24-year-old man charged first charged over the rape had tested negative for STIs, as had the girl's mother.

The Children's Commissioner's report details the severe physical trauma the girl suffered, revealing she required a blood transfusion when she arrived in Adelaide.

Police said the 25-year-old man had been remanded in custody to face court on July 26.

"Sex Crime Detectives are carrying out an ongoing investigation into the incident," police said.

"The matter is currently before the court."

South Australian child protection authorities removed the girl from her mother's care in April.

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