Detectives have charged a Mount Pritchard man with child procurement and transmitting indecent material over the internet.
Last month, acting on information that a man was approaching teenage girls on a social networking site, detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit commenced investigations.
Assuming the identity of a 14-year-old girl, police spoke with the man on a number of occasions and will allege he made a number of sexually explicit comments, sent indecent images and requested to meet.
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About midday yesterday (Tuesday 25 August 2015), detectives arrested a 50-year-old man at a cafe in Sydney’s west.
A search warrant was also executed on the man’s home at Mount Pritchard where electronic devices and other items were seized for further examination.
The man was taken to Parramatta Police Station where he was charged with using a carriage service to procure a person under 16 years for sexual activity, and using a carriage service to transmit indecent material to a person under 16 years.
He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Wednesday 26 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/.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Meanwhile, police are again urging parents and children to be mindful of the dangers associated with the internet.