UNDERCOVER detectives have posed as a 14-year-old girl online to catch an alleged child sex predator in NSW.
Sex Crimes Squad detectives from Strike Force Trawler* began speaking with the 29-year-old man online in June.
While under the impression that he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl, the man from Moree in northern NSW allegedly proceeded to engage in sexually-explicit conversations with the child.
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Following extensive investigations, the 29-year-old man was arrested at Moree Police Station on Wednesday.
Shortly after the arrest, strike force officers raided the man’s home and seized a number of items of interest.
The man has since been charged with using a carriage service to groom persons under 16 for sexual activity.
He was granted strict conditional bail to reappear before Moree Local Court on Monday, October 9.
Anyone with information about internet predators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
*Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.
Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.