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A man is due to appear in court charged with detaining and indecently assaulting a nine-year-old boy on the NSW central coast.
Police said the boy was skateboarding with friends on Denning Street at The Entrance about 3.35pm (AEDT) on Saturday when he was approached by a man, who convinced the boy to go to his home.
They allege the boy went to the home and, when inside, the man locked the doors, refused to let him leave and, during the night, indecently assaulted him.
When the boy failed to return home by 9.30pm his mother raised the alarm, with police searching through the night.
The boy was located about 7.45am on Sunday when he was spotted by his family after leaving the man's home.
A 36-year-old man was taken to The Entrance Police Station where he was arrested by detectives from the Child Abuse Squad.
He was charged with detaining a person with intent to obtain advantage and indecently assaulting a person under the age of 16.
The man was refused bail and will appear before Wyong Local Court on Monday.