A man will appear in court today charged following an investigation by Strike Force Trawler detectives into alleged online grooming.
Last month, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from the Sydney CBD.
Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually-explicit acts he wished to perform on the child and sent sexually-explicit material.
It will be further alleged the man made arrangements to meet the girl for sex.
Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 28-year-old man at Westmead just after 10am yesterday (Thursday 24 September 2020).
The man’s mobile phone was seized and will undergo further examination.
He was taken to Granville Police Station and charged with use carriage service to procure person under 16 years for sexual activity.
The man was refused bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court today (Friday 25 September 2020).
Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.
Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU; and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.
The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
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