A MAN has been arrested in Queensland after he allegedly drove more than 1400 kilometres from Sydney to Rockhampton to abduct a young girl he had met online.
Police said the 24-year-old man had initially befriended the 15-year-old girl on Facebook while he was living in South Australia and tried convincing her to visit him.
The man then moved to Sydney and on Monday drove more than 15 hours to Rockhampton in Queensland where it’s alleged he picked up the girl who had gone missing from her home and drove her to a nearby location.
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Following extensive inquiries and after appealing for public assistance to help locate the girl, police located her with the man on Emu Park Road yesterday.
The man, who police allege had made plans with the girl to take her back to Sydney, was arrested and has since been charged with abducting a child under the age of 16.
He was due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.
Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot from the Rockhampton Child Protection and Investigation Unit today thanked members of the public who were instrumental in helping locate the girl.
“Her family are very relieved this investigation came to a successful conclusion, and this could not have been done without community assistance,” Detective Senior Sergeant Elliot said.
“This incident serves as a timely reminder for parents to be extremely cautious when it comes to their children’s activity on social media.
“The people you talk to online may not always be who they say they are.”