Detectives have charged a Rushcutters Bay man with child grooming and transmitting indecent material over the internet.
Earlier this year, police in NSW were contacted by colleagues in Victoria who were concerned about the online activities of a man based in Sydney’s east.
Officers from the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit took carriage of the matter, and, using the assumed identity of a 13-year-old boy, engaged the man in a number of online conversations.
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During these conversations, the man allegedly discussed sexual activity with the 13-year-old boy. The man is also alleged to have performed sex acts into a webcam which was being broadcast to the 13-year-old.
Following their inquiries, police yesterday (Tuesday 18 August 2015) arrested a 55-year-old man at his place of work – a tertiary education facility in Camperdown.
Officers subsequently executed a search warrant at a unit in Rushcutters Bay, where they seized a number of electronic devices.
The man was taken to Newtown Police Station and charged with:
– Using a carriage service to groom persons under 16 years of age for sexual activity; and,
– Using a carriage service to transmit indecent material to persons under 16 years of age.
Refused bail, the man is scheduled to appear in Newtown Local Court today (Wednesday 19 August 2015).
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: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.