24 April 2023

Canadian bailed over alleged sexual assault of 14-year-old in late 2000s

| Albert McKnight
man in suit and sunglasses leaving court

Alexander John Clancy, 40, was granted bail by the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday. Photo: Albert McKnight.

CONTENT WARNING: This article refers to an alleged sexual assault.

A man from Canada has been released on bail after being accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old when he was in the ACT over 10 years ago.

The ACT Magistrates Court heard Alexander John Clancy, who is from Ontario, would fight his charges when he first appeared in the courtroom on Monday (24 April).

ACT Policing said an investigation began in December 2021 when police received information alleging he had committed offences in 2008 against a girl aged 14.

Police learned he had re-entered Australia on 9 April 2023 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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Mr Clancy was arrested at Brisbane Airport last Wednesday and was granted bail by the Brisbane Magistrates Court the next day for him to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday.

He faces two counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 10 and 16, as well as single counts of using a child for the production of child pornography and using the internet to deprave young people, but Magistrate James Stewart said there was no need to formally charge him when he appeared in the courtroom in person.

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The prosecution did not oppose bail and the magistrate granted it on conditions including that the 40-year-old live in a suburb near Brisbane.

Mr Clancy entered not guilty pleas to his charges, and the matter was adjourned to 3 July.

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