A 20-year-old man charged with serious child sex offences on Tuesday has been remanded in custody until November.
The man, who cannot be named due to a court order, faces two counts of sexually assaulting a child under 16 and one count of sexually penetrating a child under 12.
It is alleged the offences occurred at Delacombe on Monday.
The man did not appear in the dock for a filing hearing at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Thursday, instead he chose to stay in the police cells.
His barrister, Adrian Paull, said the man did not need to be brought into the court because he was not applying for bail.
Mr Paull said his client had physical injuries, including a broken nose and hand, and some bruising.
“It’s his first time in adult custody. He is vulnerable by both his age and the nature of the offences,” Mr Paull said.
Magistrate Bruce Cottrill remanded him in custody until a committal mention in November.
An interim intervention order against the 20-year-old was made and adjourned to the same date in November.