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State service worker stood down

A state service employee from Tasmania's north has been stood down ahead of an investigation into an historical allegation of sexual abuse.

Police have been called in to look at the case.

It means the number of workers in the service recently stood down is at 14, 10 of them involving historical allegations, 4 are contemporary.

The government issued a statement.

"Principles of natural justice and other legal considerations demand that further comment is not made whilst the investigation is underway.

We also need to make sure that we fulfil our duty of care to our employees and do not prejudice investigations.

It is important to note that being stood down is not an indication of wrongdoing.

The presumption of innocence until proven guilty must be upheld."