Covert cops catch man grooming children for sex online

A MAN has been arrested and charged with using the internet to groom children for sex following a covert police operation in NSW.

Detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit posed as a 14-year-old boy and began talking online with a man from the Hunter region in November.

It’s alleged the man engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with the officers, sent them indecent and pornographic images and made arrangements to meet in person.


Police will allege in court that the man was convinced he was speaking with a 14-year-old boy.

Around midday on Friday, following extensive investigations, detectives from Strike Force Trawler arrested the 37-year-old at a home in Cessnock.

Investigators also seized a mobile and a laptop computer from the man’s house.

The 37-year-old was taken to Cessnock Police Station where he was charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years for sexual activity.

He was also charged with three counts of using a carriage service to transmit indecent material to a person under 16 years of age.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court yesterday.

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