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Artist pleads not guilty to child sex offences allegedly linked to overseas Australian embassy

Charged: Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 70, is accused of child sex offences.
Charged: Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 70, is accused of child sex offences. 

An Australian artist has been accused of two more sexual offences against a child connected to an overseas Australian embassy.

Sculptor and painter Vytas Bronius Kapociunas, 70, is facing the ACT Magistrates Court, accused of molesting a child overseas. 

He was charged on Thursday with two additional offences of sexual intercourse with a minor outside of Australia, meaning he is now charged with three offences. 

Kapociunas, represented by lawyer Chloe Preston, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

He first came to police attention when his alleged victim told her mother she had a secret.

"I need to tell you a secret," the girl allegedly said.

"I think Vytas really likes me, because he keeps kissing me."

She also allegedly told her mother:

"He kisses me on the lips and here", pointing to her groin.

Police went to meet Kapociunas at Canberra Airport earlier this year and he agreed to an interview, court documents suggest.

He told police he had no idea why the girl had been saying such things. Kapociunas denied her allegations.

He was arrested and initially charged with a single count of having sexual intercourse with a child outside Australia, which is a Commonwealth offence.

The artist allegedly told police he piggy-backed the girl, blew raspberries on her belly button, and that she kissed him on the lips when saying hello and goodbye. 

The case was adjourned by Magistrate Robert Cook until January.