Frenchmen assaulted five teen girls: police

Two Frenchmen are accused of indecently assaulting five teenage girls who were on a school excursion. The students from Victoria were staying in a backpackers’ hostel on Kent Street. Sydney on Wednesday night when the men, aged 22 and 21, allegedly forced their way into the girls’ room. The men then indecently assaulted the girls, who are aged between 14 and 16, police say.

The girls are from a secondary college north-east of Melbourne.
A teacher eventually ejected the alleged offenders.
Fairfax Media understands that teachers with the students did not call the police, but a hostel staff member raised the alarm the next morning after hearing of the alleged assaults.
They were arrested at a hostel in Pitt Street yesterday.
The duo were later charged with a combined total of six counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Both men have surrendered their passports and will appear in Downing Local Court on September 23.
Two other men arrested over the alleged assault were released without charge.
A police spokesman said it is believed the girls were not well known to the alleged offenders.
He said the two 22-year-old men released without charge assisted police, leading to the eventual arrest and charges against the French nationals.
The spokesman said it is not clear why the incident was not reported until the next morning.
The alleged assault took place at Base Backpackers hostel.
The company has been contacted for comment.

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