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Ex-MasterChef contestant challenges child sex assault allegations

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<p>Four children are set to be called as witnesses when former MasterChef contestant Ben Ungermann challenges child sexual assault allegations.</p>

Four children are set to be called as witnesses when former MasterChef contestant Ben Ungermann challenges child sexual assault allegations.

The Queensland-based chef and reality show contestant is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Melbourne in February.

Ungermann, 36, will challenge charges in a contested mention, scheduled in Melbourne Magistrates' Court in October.

Prosecutors said four children were set to give evidence in the matter.

A preliminary hearing was run online today because Ungermann has returned to his home state.

Prosecutors took no issue with the fact that despite being on bail he was not present for the hearing.

There appears to be no prospect of the matter resolving and a contested hearing would likely take between five and seven days, the magistrate was told.

Ungermann appeared in early episodes of this season's Network 10 cooking show, but disappeared from television screens in May.

"Due to a personal matter, Ben has had to leave the competition and he will not be returning," show judge Jock Zonfrillo told contestants.

- With AAP reporting

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/former-masterchef-contestant-ben-ungermann-challenges-child-sex-assault-allegations/e0236929-2b4f-4a2b-8315-360bd2c7d66c

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