DETECTIVES posing as a 14-year-old school girl online have arrested a man after he allegedly asked to meet the child for sex.
Covert officers from the Child Exploitation Internet Unit began engaging with the 48-year-old man online in April this year.
Believing he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl, the man allegedly made several sexually explicit remarks and requested they meet up for the purpose of sexual activity.
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Following a protracted undercover operation, police pounced on their suspect yesterday, arrested the 48-year-old in Narrabri.
During the man’s arrested, officers allegedly seized multiple mobile phones which were allegedly filled with child abuse material.
The man was taken to Narrabri Police Station and charged with a long list of serious offences, including using a carriage service to procure a person under 16, for child pornography and to groom a person under 16 and possess child abuse material.
He was refused bail to appear in Moree Local Court today.
Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing CEIU investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.
Anyone with information about internet predators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000