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TravelGuides – Western Australian Nationals MP James Hayward charged with child sexual abuse | Western Australia

TravelGuides – Western Australian Nationals MP James Hayward charged with child sexual abuse | Western Australia

West Australian state Nationals MP and former federal party vice-president James Hayward has been charged with multiple child sexual abuse offences.

Hayward, who was elected to WA’s parliament earlier this year, was scheduled to face Perth magistrates court on Thursday.

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WA police allege the 52-year-old indecently assaulted an eight-year-old girl in 2021.

He is in police custody and has been charged with three counts of indecent dealings with a child under 13, one count of procuring a child under 13 to do an indecent act and one count of persistent sexual conduct.

Hayward, who holds the shadow local government, water and regional cities portfolios, was elected to represent the South West region in the Legislative Council at the March election.

He previously worked as a local councillor in Bunbury and a television journalist. He served as the state president of the WA Nationals from 2015 to 2019

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The WA opposition leader, Mia Davies, has been contacted for comment.

TravelGuides – Western Australian Nationals MP James Hayward charged with child sexual abuse | Western Australia

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