Detectives from State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad have charged a man after a covert online investigation into child exploitation.
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.
In January 2016, officers attached to Queensland Police’s Task Force Argos began engaging on a social networking site with a man from Sydney’s south-west.
Officers from Strike Force Trawler were alerted and assisted with the investigation.
Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl, made numerous sexually explicit comments to child, and sent indecent photos and videos, including child pornography materials.
About midday yesterday (Tuesday 28 June 2016), Sex Crimes Squad detectives executed a search warrant at a home at Ruse.
During the search, officers located and seized mobile phones, computers and electronic storage devices.
A 24-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Campbelltown Police Station, where he was charged with using a carriage service to groom persons under 16, and use carriage service to transmit indecent communication to person under 16.
He has been granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Campbelltown Local Court on Monday 25 July 2016.
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 000Â FREE or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Meanwhile, police are again urging parents and children to be mindful of the dangers associated with the internet.
Safe internet use – tips for parents:
• Be aware of how much time your child spends on the internet.
• Spend time talking to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations, particularly when communicating with someone that they have only ever met on-line.
• Spend time exploring the internet with your children and let them teach you about their favourite websites and applications.
• Keep computers or internet-enabled devices in a room the whole family can access, not in your child’s bedroom; monitor internet access on those devices.
• Consider installing filtering and/or computer blocking software provided by your internet service provider. The Netalert web page provides information on a number of commercially-available products at www.netalert.net.au.
• Ensure you are able to access your child’s email and social media accounts and randomly check the contents.
• Check your phone bill for unusual outgoing calls and consider using ‘caller ID’ to identify incoming calls.
• Consult your telephone company for options designed to ensure privacy and security.
• Enquire with your child’s school, public library, and places they frequent to find out what internet safety measures they have in place.
• Information on internet safety is available on the NSW Police website at: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community…/…/child_exploitation
Tips for children:
• Do not send a picture of yourself to anyone you don’t know and never place a full profile and picture anywhere on the internet.
• Never give out your personal information, including full name, home address, phone number or school, over the internet.
• Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone that you have only ever chatted with on the internet.
• Tell your parents or another adult you know of any contact that makes you feel uncomfortable.
• Think carefully before uploading or sending images or videos to people over the internet. Once you press ‘send’ it’s definite and final – you can’t get it back or take it down.
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