Man extradited and charged with grooming teenage girls online

EXTENSIVE INVESTIGATIONS by Strike Force Trawler detectives have led to the arrest of a man in Victoria.

The 41-year-old has been extradited to New South Wales, accused of online grooming of children for sex.

The investigation began in June, following a referral from counterparts in the US state of Arizona.


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According to a Police statement, the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl from Arizona and later, a 14-year-old girl from NSW, and engaged in highly-sexualised conversations and sent sexually-explicit images and videos.

Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) looked into the matter and strike force detectives travelled to Wagga Wagga in late September but were unable to locate the man.

An arrest warrant was subsequently applied for and granted.

The man was arrested by Victoria Police on Thursday and he later appeared at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court, where Strike Force Trawler detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.

The man was escorted by detectives to Albury Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of use carriage service to groom person under 16 years for sex, and two counts of use carriage service to send indecent material to person under 16.

He has been refused bail to appear at Albury Local Court Saturday.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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