Girl, 13, blackmailed and assaulted by man who befriended her on social media

A 13-year-old girl has been indecently assaulted by a man who befriended her on an online social networking site.

Police said the young girl had been befriended online in April by a man who allegedly used a fake social media profile to request information and photos.

After threatening to release photos of her, the girl met the man in person, where he indecently assaulted her.


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Police were notified of the assault in August and Child Abuse Squad detectives launched an investigation.

On Saturday, detectives arrested a 23-year-old man at Tarrawanna.

A search warrant was also conducted at a room at an army barracks at Heathcote, where the man was based and a number of electronic devices were seized.

The man was later charged with three counts of indecent assault, and possess child abuse material.

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