A MAN stands accused of coercing a teenage girl into his car by pretending to be a police officer before driving around for two hours and indecently assaulting her.
The man, 32, was arrested as he attended Newcastle Local Court on another matter on Friday and charged with a range of offences including kidnapping, committing an act of indecency and impersonating a police officer.
Police said the 18-year-old girl was walking towards a park at Bellbird about 3.15am on November 21 when police officers in a marked car stopped and spoke with her before driving off.
Several minutes later, another car drove up to her where the driver allegedly told her he was a police officer and told her to get into the car.
Police will allege the man then drove around several Coalfields town for two hours and committed the indecent act before dropping her off at 6.15am.
Relatives reported the incident to police before clothing was taken away for forensic analysis.
Investigations led detectives to approach a man waiting for his matter in Newcastle Local Court on Friday and took him into custody.
He was charged with the three offences and bail was refused when he reappeared in court later in the day.
He will reappear in Newcastle Local Court on January 8.
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