Boy tells police of toilet attack

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has told police how a man wearing only underwear tried to grab him by the arm and slide into his cubicle in the toilet block at Queens Park.

Detectives from the Child Protection and Investigation Unit were called on Monday morning after the boy emerged from the circular toilet block in the centre of the popular Ipswich park to report the incident.

CPIU Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Williams said the boy was not physically injured during the alleged run-in with the older man, which occurred between 10.30am and 10.50am.

"It is alleged the boy was in the cubical when a man in the cubical next door tried to coax him in," Snr Sgt Williams said.

"The man reached under the petition and grabbed the boy's wrist but the boy broke free.

"Then the man is alleged to have swung his legs underneath the partition."

The boy told police that another person then arrived at the toilet block, entering the same cubicle as the older man.

It was at this point that the boy left.

Police later charged a 58-year-old Hatton Vale man with attempting to procure a child for an indecent act and common assault.

The man is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court on February 2.

Snr Sgt Williams said it was possible the boy was mistaken for someone else who had arranged a rendezvous in the toilets with the alleged offender that morning.

Division seven Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said Ipswich City Council was already working on plans to make the Queens Park toilets safer.

Council has approved plans to demolish the existing building and replace with a design incorporating crime preventing features.

"The new facility is currently in the design stage," Cr Antoniolli said.

"The timetable is for the current toilet block to be demolished around mid 2012 and it will be replaced simultaneously with a new facility which hopefully will reduce this type of incident and eradicate this type of behaviour.

"In the meantime, if any person has concerns about the safety of the toilet block they can use facilities linked to the new Queens Park Environmental Education Centre and Kiosk."


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