One of Queensland’s leading businessmen has been charged with the indecent treatment of a child dating back 25 years.
Lewis Saragossi, 65, was charged by police earlier this month.
It is alleged he unlawfully and indecently dealt with a boy under the age of 12 in an inner Brisbane city suburb in 1993.
Defence lawyers representing Mr Saragossi appeared in a Brisbane court briefly on Thursday morning.
The matter was adjourned and is expected to return to court on November 12.
Mr Saragossi was released on bail earlier this month and did not enter a plea.
The businessman has been the director of G.James Glass and Aluminium, one of the oldest building material companies in the country, since 2006.
Mr Saragossi’s lawyer Glen Cranny said in a statement late Thursday afternoon that he intended to plead not guilty to the charges on the basis they were “untrue and unfounded”.
“The allegations do not concern the business of G. James and will have no impact on the ongoing operations of the business or Mr Saragossi’s work in the business,” Mr Cranny said.
“He will not be commenting further until this matter is resolved.”