A youth group leader has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl near Newcastle.
The 22-year-old man was arrested at Beresford on Friday morning.
Police said soon after the arrest detectives searched a home near Belmont and seized two vehicles for examination.
Police will allege the man sexually touched and assaulted the girl on several occasions in April and May.
He is due to face the Newcastle Bail Court on Saturday charged with two counts of intentionally sexually touching a child and seven counts of aggravated sexual intercourse with a child.
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