A man will face court today after being charged for allegedly grooming a child online following an investigation by detectives from the State Crime Command’s 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 March 2017, strike force officers began engaging online with a man from the state’s Coffs Coast.

Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 13-year-old girl and engaged in numerous sexually-explicit conversations with the child and made arrangements to meet for sex.

About 10am yesterday (Tuesday 23 May 2017), the 47-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives in the Coffs Harbour area.

Detectives also executed a search warrant at a home in Woolgoolga, where they seized a computer and electronic storage devices.

The man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and charged with two counts of using a carriage service to groom persons under 16, and using a carriage service to procure persons under 16.

He was refused bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court today (Wednesday 24 May 2017).

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.

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/

Via NSW Police, Facebook

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  • now it is up to the judges to do the right thing in sentencing the man but considering the way that the justice system actually works these days, i suspect that this “victory” will be short lived. The hard working task force members should be proud of themselves though


  • Pretty sure they will confiscate his computer/s, cameras etc. They may find a lot more evidence.


  • Hope that the judges and legislators also do the right thing and get this man off the streets and to where he can no longer prey on the young.


  • Well done to the police for nabbing another predator.


  • I would love that job! How much fun would it be getting that sort of scum off the street?


  • Great move of the he Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit ! So much work to do :( !!
    At least this guy is caught !


  • Great to see the police on the case of these horrible men.


  • Praise, praise, praise to the police for all the work they do to keep us safe.


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