UPDATE, 1.30pm: FOUR thousand dollars is all that stands between a Nowra man accused of molesting two children at Ballina and bail.
Jason Troy Lloyd, 39, of Nowra, appeared in Ballina Local Court today charged with three counts of indecent assault against a person aged under 16.
Lloyd pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
The police prosecutor argued against bail, saying Lloyd posed a serious risk to the community.
"The entire community is at risk, particularly in light of the facts," the prosecutor told the court.
The prosecution, indicating the case would be referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions today, said the man had a criminal record in Queensland, South Australia, and NSW, but none of them had included child sex offences.
Defence solicitor Rachael Thomas said Lloyd enjoyed the full support of his partner and he was willing to submit to a house arrest scenario, where he would be not allowed to leave the house without his partner.
She said he was willing to report to police and enter a surety.
Magistrate Brian Van Zuylen agreed to allow bail, provided Lloyd stayed away from Ballina apart from court or legal appointments. He was ordered to report daily to Nowra police, to live at Orient Point, 20km from Nowra, to post a $2000 surety and find an "acceptable person" who was prepared to put up another $2000 on his behalf.
The matter was adjourned to Lismore Local Court on December 4. Lloyd has been excused from attending if legally represented.
UPDATE, NOVEMBER 16, 8am: A 39-YEAR-OLD man will appear before Ballina Local Court this morning, charged with the indecent assault of a 6-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl at two Ballina department stores.
Ballina Detectives and officers from the Target Action Group Child Abuse Squad arrested the man at a shopping centre at Bangalow Rd, Ballina, yesterday afternoon. He was later charged with three counts of indecent assault against a person aged under 16.
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer, Inspector Bill McKenna, said two of the counts related to the alleged indecent assault of the 6-year-old on Tuesday afternoon, while the third related to the alleged indecent assault of the 13-year-old, alleged to have happened on Wednesday afternoon.
The man was refused bail last night pending his court appearance today.
NOVEMBER 15: POLICE investigating the indecent assault of a six year-old girl at Ballina on Tuesday have arrested a man only minutes after they revealed they were investigating second indecent assault, this time of a 13 year-old girl at another Ballina department store on Wednesday.
Child Abuse Squad detectives based at Ballina have been investigating indecent assaults on a six-year-old girl at Big W on Tuesday afternoon and a 13-year-old girl at a different store yesterday.
The six year-old girl was in the toy department of Big W on Tuesday afternoon with her younger brother when she was approached by a man and indecently assaulted.
The man fled the area and the girl and her brother reported the incident to their mother who was nearby.
The girl's mother reported the assault to store security and police who launched an investigation.
Police then received reports a 13-year-old girl was indecently assaulted in the DVD section of a nearby department store in Ballina by a man just after 4pm yesterday.
The man then left the store and was seen entering a large white vehicle.
Police arrested a man at a shopping centre on Bangalow Rd at Ballina at 4.30pm yesterday.
He was taken to Ballina police station where he is assisting police with their enquiries.
Anyone with any information on the indecent assaults is asked to call the Ballina Child Abuse Squad on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers online or by phoning 1800 333 000.