Man charged over alleged child procurement - Hunter Valley

Saturday, 18 February 2023 11:19:07 PM

A man has been charged after allegedly attempting to procure a child in the Hunter Valley Region earlier this month.

On Tuesday 7 February 2023, a 14-year-old girl allegedly received messages via a social media platform from an unknown male.

A number of messages were exchanged before the person sending the messages attempted to convince the girl to meet him.

Police were alerted and officers from Hunter Valley Police District commenced an investigation.

About 8.30pm on Friday 17 February 2023, detectives arrested a 29-year-old man at a home in Cliftleigh.

He was taken to Cessnock Police Station where he was charged with procure child for unlawful sexual activity.

He was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court today (Saturday 18 February 2023) and was formally refused bail to appear before Muswellbrook Local Court on Monday 20 February 2023.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.