A TAMWORTH man has been denied bail accused of historical sexual abuse at a New England boarding school.
The Leader can reveal Jacob Charles Woods is behind bars accused of abusing the young boy at a prominent New England boarding school in 2001.
He was arrested at a Tamworth business by Armidale detectives, following a lengthy investigation.
The 36-year-old was taken to Tamworth Police Station where he was questioned by investigators and subsequently charged and refused bail.
It’s the police case that Woods was employed at the school in 2001 and allegedly sexually assaulted the 11-year-old student who attended the school.
Detectives will allege the boy was abused by Woods in three separate incidents.
The investigation was referred to Armidale detectives following a report to police in 2017.
Following investigations, he was arrested last week.
Woods has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a victim under the age of 16 and one count of aggravated indecent assault of a victim under 16.
He appeared in Tamworth Local Court and lodged a bid for release.
The serious nature of the charges – which carry a maximum penalty of 20 years if convicted – triggered a show cause bail hearing meaning Woods had to show why his detention was not justified.
Following a bail hearing, magistrate Julie Soars found Woods had not met the show cause test and subsequently denied him bail, ordering him into the custody of Corrective Services.
The charges have been adjourned to February with detectives ordered to compile a brief of evidence into the case, which has been referred to the DPP.
Armidale detectives said investigations were continuing.
“We would urge anyone that believes they have information on this investigation that could assist to contact Armidale detectives,” a spokesperson said.
We would urge anyone that believes they have information on this investigation that could assist to contact Armidale detectives.New England Police spokesperson
Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives on 6771 0699.