Minister to 'urgently review' truck driver who allegedly raped a teen while on bail for other sexual offences

It is alleged the Lurnea man sexually assaulted the girl "on several occasions" earlier this month in a room he rented in a home in Sydney's south-west, as well as in a truck last week.

Jason Humphreys allegedly met the girl on Snapchat before sexually and physically assaulting her.

Jason Humphreys allegedly met the girl on Snapchat before sexually and physically assaulting her.Credit:Photo: AFP

Mr Humphreys allegedly hid the teenager in the sleeping compartment of the truck as they left Sydney then physically and sexually assaulted her on the trip to and from the ACT. He was arrested at a truck stop in Panania on Monday afternoon, after the girl reported what had allegedly happened to her. Mr Humphreys began talking to the girl on Snapchat in December and the pair met in February, Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec said on Tuesday.

"The girl did not know this person before the contact," he said. "There is no information" to suggest the man was pretending to be anyone else online before he met the alleged victim, Superintendent Kerlatec said. "There was a level of grooming, and I won't say sexual grooming at this stage, but a level of befriending and enticing the girl to meet up.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said he would review the circumstances of Mr Humphreys' bail. "Any allegations of child grooming and sexual assault are of immense concern," he said. "I have ordered an urgent transcript of the accused offender's bail hearing which I will review."

Mr Humphreys briefly appeared in Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday, where he was refused bail to reappear in the same court in April. Women's Safety NSW CEO Hayley Foster said the case highlighted the need for a database of repeat offenders. "We know that people who use violence and sexual violence have a tendency to reoffend," she said.

"With a database, if there is an instance that a person is coming up on multiple occasions, the victim should have the right to know.

"We know that the system is failing us.

This 13-year-old girl should be able to rely on the system to keep people like this out of circulation."

Sally Rawsthorne is a Crime Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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