Detectives from the Child abuse squad have charged a 55 year old Hunter Valley man over the ongoing indecent sexual assault of a 13 year old girl.

The man was in a de facto relationship with the girl’s mother, and has been charged with nine offences including seven counts of commit aggravated acts of indecency.

It’s alleged the incidents took place over a period of six years, starting when the girl was six years old.

Detectives were alerted to the situation in August this year when the girl told school friends she had been indecently sexually assaulted by her mother’s partner.

He has been refused bail and will appear before Newcastle Local court on November 28.