Immigration department denies 5yo boy raped on Nauru

THE country's highest immigration official has contested allegations a five-year-old was raped on Nauru and lashed out at media reporting on the issue.

The ABC last week reported the boy was facing the prospect of being returned to the offshore detention centre, where his attacker remained.

Paediatrician Karen Zwi said the young child suffered serious mental health problems after the alleged sexual assault.

Immigration Department officials today told a Senate estimates committee the alleged victim was actually over 10 years of age and the child suffered only "skin-to-skin" contact with another detainee child on the island.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection secretary Michael Pezzullo said media reports on the issue had been deeply misleading.

Read more at the ABC.