A NEW SOUTH WALES man is accused of child grooming and having sex with a minor, after allegedly posing as a teenager during an online chat.
Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad nabbed the 35-year-old in the Hunter region, following a short investigation.
Police say the man claimed to be 17 when he met the 15-year-old girl on a social media app designed for teenagers.
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“They engaged in conversation before arranging to meet in person,” NSW Police explained in a statement.
“The man later advised he was aged 27, and the pair met in the Newcastle area on Saturday 29 September 2018, and allegedly had sex.”
The incident was reported to local police around a week later, before being referred to the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad for further investigation.
“Following inquiries, detectives arrested a 35-year-old man at a home unit at Valentine (on Monday morning).
“Shortly after the arrest, investigators executed a search warrant at the unit, before executing a crime scene warrant at a home at Whitebridge.
“During the searches, police seized a number of items relevant to the investigation.
The man has been charged with nine counts of sexual intercourse with person aged 14-16, two counts of indecent assault-person under 16, groom child for unlawful sexual activity, meet with child groomed for sexual activity, and use carriage service to plan for sex-person under 16.
He was refused bail and appeared at Toronto Local Court on Monday, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on 30 October.