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The man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl who had taken her own life after learning that she had been released on bail was taken into police custody after more suspected victims had come forward.
Peter Humes, 67, was arrested on Thursday and charged with 17 other offences.
He would appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, where the police suggested that they would object to bail because he had admitted that he could not have been released after the original charges had been laid in September.
Police will say that two more victims have come forward after the death of Annaliesse Ugle on Tuesday caused heartache and anger in the community.
“It is alleged between November 2019 and May 2020 [Mr Humes] sexually assaulted a girl who was 10 years old at the time of the first offence and during the offences, he tied her up and physically assaulted her,” a police spokeswoman said.
“It is further alleged between August 2018 and May 2020 the man indecently dealt with a girl who was five years old at the time of the first offence.”
Police reported that the search warrant conducted at the home of the man had also revealed photographs of an indecent or pornographic kind.
Already facing 11 charges in relation to Annaliesse Ugle, Mr Humes is now also accused of four counts of indecent dealings with a child under the age of 13, four counts of common assault in circumstances of aggravation, three counts of deprivation of liberty, one count of danger of harm, repeated sexual conduct with a child under the age of 16, possessing indecent or obscene material, possessing methamphetamine.