A MAN accused of molesting a young boy he met on a gay dating app allegedly continued to message the child afterwards, thanking him for what had happened.
Oscar Rodriguez, 34, appeared in a Sydney court on Friday, charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child under 16, and using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 for sexual activity.
The 34-year-old Colombian national, who is in Australia on a student visa, was arrested on Thursday afternoon, 24 hours after allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy on Sydney’s northern beaches.
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Police claim Rodriguez met the boy on the gay dating app Grindr on Tuesday and continued to groom him through messaging app WhatsApp before convincing him to meet face-to-face.
It’s alleged the 34-year-old travelled to the boy’s Killarney Heights home while his parents were out on Wednesday afternoon and molested him before leaving.
It’s understood the boy then called the Kids Helpline, who in turn reported the incident to police.
In a statement, a NSW Police spokesperson said detectives went to the boy’s home shortly after the incident and took him to the Randwick Children’s Hospital for an examination.
Following investigations, 34-year-old Rodriguez was arrested at Campsie Police Station about 5.45pm on Thursday.
He was charged with aggravated sexual assault victim under the age of 16 years, and use carriage service to procure under 16 years for sexual activity.
The 34-year-old was remanded in custody and appeared in Burwood Local Court on Friday where he was refused bail and ordered to reappear at a later date.
9NEWS was in court on Friday and revealed Rodriguez was further accused of bombarding the boy with messages after sexually assaulting him, allegedly thanking him for what had happened.
Channel Nine reporter Tiffany Genders said police will allege there was “no confusion”, and that Rodriguez knew the boy was only 13-years-old.
While Grindr‘s Terms and Conditions of Service state that no persons under the age of 18 are allowed to use the service, users of any age are still able to sign up, with no age verification process involved.
— 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) February 15, 2019
A man on a student visa is behind bars accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy he met on Grindr. Police allege 34-year-old Oscar Rodriguez convinced his victim to meet at the boy's family home in Killarney Heights before forcing entry and sexually assaulting him. #7News pic.twitter.com/rgIiOwbqyL
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