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Man charged after allegedly procuring a child online for sex - Strike Force Trawler

Friday, 02 June 2017 03:26:33 AM

A man has been charged with online child exploitation offences after being arrested by detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad.

The Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) conducts ongoing investigations into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children online under Strike Force Trawler.

Strike force officers began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s west, following a referral from Ashfield Local Area Command earlier this month.

Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old boy and engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with the child and made arrangements to meet for sex.

About 5pm today (Thursday 1 June 2017), the 56-year-old man was arrested by officers from the Sex Crimes Squad and Ashfield Local Area Command at Parramatta Railway Station.

The man was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with use carriage service to procure persons under 16 and use carriage service to groom persons under 16.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court tomorrow (Friday 2 June 2017).

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.

Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.

Anyone with information about internet predators 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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