Prior to being found unconscious in Perth’s south-east, a 13-year-old girl was reportedly given illicit drugs and sexually assaulted.
A 44-year-old man has been charged by child abuse squad detectives over the disturbing incident that started on September 27 at a Thornlie shopping centre.
The police alleged that the man had a conversation with the girl at the shopping centre before taking her to another location.
It is further alleged that the man gave the girl cannabis before assaulting her indecently.
The girl was unconscious when police officers found her and rushed her to Perth Children’s Hospital.
Detectives arrested the 44-year-old man at his home in Thornlie yesterday and charged him with two counts of having a child to engage in sexual behaviour, two counts of dealing indecently with a child, one count of stupefying a child, and one count of supplying cannabis.
He is due to face Armadale Magistrate’s Court today.