Sex abuse accused pleads guilty

A 21 year-old Morwell man has pleaded guilty to eight sexual offence charges involving five different children.

Xavier Christian Croft-Smith appeared via video-link in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court on Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to persistently abusing a child under the age of 16 between March 2010 and July 2011.

He also pleaded guilty to seven charges of sexual penetration of four different children between August 2011 and August 2012 in Gippsland.

Croft-Smith did not apply for bail.

He is scheduled to appear in the Latrobe Valley County Court on 26 August.