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

Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:45:31 AM

A man will face court today 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.

In May 2017, strike force officers began engaging online with a man on the Central Coast.

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

Following extensive inquiries, strike force officers arrested a 47-year-old man at Lake Haven about 10am yesterday (Wednesday 12 July 2017).

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

He was refused bail to appear at Wyong Local Court later today (Thursday 13 July 2017).

Following the arrest, strike force officers executed a search warrant at a home at Watanobbi, where they seized electronic devices for forensic examination.

Inquiries are continuing.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit (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 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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