A NEW SOUTH WALES man is set to face court, accused of trying to groom a teenage girl for sex, following a dramatic arrest in a shopping centre car park.
Strike Force Trawler detectives swooped on the 42-year-old at Salamander Bay, north of Newcastle, on Thursday following a well-planned covert operation.
In a statement released on Friday morning, it was confirmed that detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with the man in July.
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“Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl and engaged in highly-sexualised conversations and made arrangements to meet with the child for sex,” Police say.
“Shortly after the arrest, a search warrant was executed at a Tanilba Bay home, where investigators seized two laptops, and an electronic storage device.
“The man was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station and charged with use carriage service to procure person under 16 years for sex.”
He was refused bail to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Friday.
Investigations are continuing.
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