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Man charged with alleged online grooming - Strike Force Trawler

Friday, 28 May 2021 04:42:56 AM

A Sydney man will reappear in court today charged by Strike Force Trawler detectives following an investigation into alleged online grooming.

In August last year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s north west.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 13-year-old girl and engaged in sexually explicit conversations.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 46-year-old man at a home in near Windsor just before 7.30am on Tuesday 30 March 2021.

A search warrant was subsequently executed at the home, where police seized mobile phones and electronic devices.

The man was taken to Windsor Police Station and charged with using a carriage service to groom person under 16 years.

The man was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court the same day, where he was granted strict conditional bail to appear at the same court today (Friday 28 May 2021).

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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