Alleged child predator behind bars

Six months of intense police work has sprung a Sydney man allegedly grooming a child for sex.

The investigation began in December after a member of the community contacted Tasmania Police.

The matter was referred to NSW Police Force’s Sex Crimes Squad after inquiries revealed the man lived in Sydney.


Following extensive inquiries, Strike Force Trawler officers arrested a 23-year-old man at a home in Ultimo on Tuesday morning.

He has been charged with using a carriage service to groom persons under 16, and transmitting indecent material as well as using a carriage service to solicit child pornography.

Police will allege he thought he was speaking to a 13-year-old girl and engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with her and requested child abuse material.

He has been refused bail to reappear in court on Wednesday.