Man charged for gross indecency with child

Bail was withheld on Monday for a 25-year-old air-conditioner repairman charged with two counts of gross indecency involving a 5-year-old girl.  

The man was working in the child’s home last week when the alleged offenses occurred, the Summary Court heard. 

Senior Crown counsel Tanya Lobban told Magistrate Valdis Foldats that the girl was home with her mother and a nanny and had gone to her bedroom to change her clothes. 

The defendant was working on an A/C unit in the girl’s room. The court heard that the man asked the child if they could play a game. The game involved the touching of her private parts, Ms. Lobban said. 

When the nanny approached the room, the man jumped up on his ladder as if he was working.  

The child immediately told the nanny what had happened and she in turn told the girl’s mother, who called police, the court heard.  

The mother’s car was blocking the man’s vehicle, so he was unable to leave.  

The man was arrested initially for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.