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Delays for Kiama MP accused of sexual and indecent assault

Suspended Kiama Independent MP Gareth Ward will face a lengthy court delay after being charged with historical indecent and sexual assault offences.

The 40-year-old has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent, common assault, and three counts of assault with acts of indecent (a historical charge of sexual assault).

Police allege the politician indecently assaulted a teenage boy in his electorate in February 2013 and sexually assaulted a 27-year-old man in Sydney in September 2015.

Mr Ward was not required to be present in Nowra Local Court on Friday, where his charges were briefly mentioned.

The court heard a case conference will be held on August 8, before the former Liberal MP is expected to return to court on August 19.

The court date marks nearly five months since Mr Ward was arrested on March 22.

He has not entered pleas to the five charges before the court, although he has denied the charges to the media.

Delays for Kiama MP accused of sexual and indecent assault
Camera IconRobert Foster appeared in Nowra Local Court on Friday to represent his client Gareth Ward. Jonathan Ng Credit: News Corp Australia

The Illawarra resident will remain in the community after being granted bail.

The politician has been the Member for Kiama since 2011 and also served as the Minister for Families and Communities and Disability Services.

He was suspended from the NSW parliament on March 24 while he faces the sexual assault and indecent assault allegations.

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