A Warrnambool step-father has been remanded in custody charged with threatening a seven-year-old boy with a knife in an incident police have described as "disturbing".
Warrnambool police said the incident is alleged to have happened last week and the boy disclosed the complaint to a teacher who then made a report to police.
It's also alleged the boy was also kicked to the backside.
The 26-year-old man was arrested on Thursday by members of the Warrnambool police sexual offences and child abuse investigation team.
He has been remanded in custody overnight charged with threatening to inflict serious injury and unlawful assault.
The man is expected to appear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court today for a bail/remand hearing.
Police, family violence support services and government departments have warned of a possible increase in domestic violence reports to police as the coronavirus restrictions ease.
So far reports of family violence to south-west and Warrnambool police during the past two months of the coronavirus pandemic have remained at historic levels despite those concerns.
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