UNDERCOVER detectives have arrested an alleged child sex predator after posing as a young girl online and arranging to meet the man in a covert operation on the NSW Central Coast.
Detectives from the Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit first started engaging with the 47-year-old man online under Strike Force Trawler back in May.
Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl and engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with the child and made arrangements to meet her.
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Plain-clothed detectives arrested the 47-year-old at Lake Haven around 10am on Wednesday before raiding his home at Watanobbi where they seized a number of electronic devices for forensic examination.
The man was taken to Wyong Police Station where he was questioned extensively by police before being formally charged with using a carriage service to procure a person under the age of 16.
He was refused bail to appear at Wyong Local Court later today.
Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit (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 Child Exploitation Internet Unit and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.
Anyone with information about internet predators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.
The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.