A man is due to face court over accusations he raped and assaulted girls and women in Sydney's northwest on more than a dozen occasions over three decades.
The 51-year-old was arrested on Thursday morning at his home in Epping and taken to a nearby police station still dressed in his pyjamas.
Police will allege he committed sexual-based offences on 14 occasions between 1989 and 2013, involving victims aged between 14 and 40.
He has been charged with a range of offences, including multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault and acts of indecency with a person under 16.
He was refused bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Friday.
The man's arrest came after detectives from the child abuse and sex crimes squad in June established Strike Force Petit to re-investigate the historic assaults.
Investigators seized a number of items during searches at properties in Epping and Berrilee, including handcuffs.
Victims were notified of the arrest shortly after the man was taken into custody, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec said on Thursday.
"These demons that have been with them for 30-odd years have been removed. They can walk around and feel safe again," he told reporters.