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Coach charged over alleged indecent communication with a child - Strike Force Trawler

Friday, 15 September 2017 02:17:35 AM

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad have charged a sports coach over alleged indecent online communication with a boy he’d met at an interstate tournament.

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 commenced an investigation following a recent referral from Victoria Police.

As a result of their inquiries, strike force officers arrested a 24-year-old man at a golf course on the Northern Beaches just after 1pm yesterday (Thursday 14 September 2017).

Shortly after the arrest, investigators executed a search warrant at a home at Manly, where they seized a computer, electronic storage devices and a mobile phone.

The Manly man was taken to Dee Why Police Station, where he was charged with use carriage service to transmit indecent communication to person under 16, and use carriage service for child pornography material (solicit).

Police will allege in court the man met a boy, then aged 15, at an interstate sports event and began engaging with him on social media, making sexually-explicit comments.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Manly Local Court on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

Inquiries are continuing.

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.

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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