Detectives have charged two men over alleged child sexual abuse uncovered as part of inquiries into the disappearances of Gordana Kotevski in 1994, and other young women in the Lake Macquarie area in the late 1970s.
Strike Force Arapaima was established in April 2019 by Lake Macquarie detectives to re-examine the investigations into the 1994 kidnapping and suspected murder of Kotevski, as well as the 1979 disappearances and suspected murders of Robyn Hickie and Amanda Robinson.
As part of ongoing investigations, detectives have been conducting inquiries relating to activity in the east Lake Macquarie area the night Robinson went missing, on April 20 1979, including a private fundraiser function at the former Swansea Bowling Club.
While exploring this line of inquiry, detectives uncovered information relating to the sexual abuse of two boys in the late 1980s and early 1990s by two men, who were known to them.
Following extensive inquiries, a 69-year-old man was arrested at a home in Seven Hills about 9.20am Wednesday, November 17, and taken to Blacktown Police Station.
He was charged with three counts of sexual assault (Cat 4) assault + indecent act, in company; two counts of sexual assault (Cat 4) incite indecent act person under 16, two counts of sexual assault (Cat 4) indecent act with person under 16 and sexual intercourse with child 10 or over and under 16 years.
The man appeared at Blacktown Local Court on the same day, where he was formally refused bail to re-appear at the same court on Thursday, January 13.
A second man - also aged 69 - was arrested in Greenacre about 8.25am on Thursday.
He was taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with 41 offences including multiple counts of each sexual intercourse with child 10 or over and under 16 years, sexual assault (Cat 4) assault + indecent act, in company; sexual assault (Cat 4) incite indecent act person under 16, and sexual assault (Cat 4) indecent act with person under 16.
He was refused bail to appear in Bankstown Local Court today.
As investigations into the girls' disappearances continue, Strike Force Arapaima detectives are seeking to identify and speak with other attendees of the fundraiser function on Friday, April 20, 1979.
Investigators believe those attendees may have relevant information which could assist with their inquiries.
Anyone who may have information about these investigations should contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.