A MAN wearing a Hawaiian shirt has been arrested on a Coffs Harbour beach and charged over the alleged procurement of a child online.
The 37-year-old was taken into custody on the beach around 10am on Friday, following an ongoing investigation by the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit.
Detectives launched the investigation earlier this year after receiving a referral from the Victoria Police’s Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team.
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Police will allege in court that the man had been communicating online with a young girl from Victoria since 2016 and engaged in “highly-sexualised conversations.”
Investigators conducted a covert online investigation and it will be alleged that the man “later made arrangements to meet the child in person.”
During a search of the man and his vehicle, investigators seized three mobile phones and a computer tablet.
Shortly after the arrest, police raided a home at Stuarts Point, where they seized computers, a laptop, electronic storage devices, and ammunition.
The man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and charged with two counts of use carriage service to procure person under 16 years for sex.
He was refused bail and appeared at Coffs Harbour Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court today.
Police say investigations are continuing.