Detectives have charged a Charlestown man with allegedly trying to procure a child for sex online.
In June this year, detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) received information from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (in the United States) about an Australian man seeking to engage a 12-year-old in a sexually-explicit online conversation.
CEIU investigators commenced an online operation while assuming the identity of a 14-year-old girl, and had a number of conversations with a 27-year-old man.
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Police will allege the man made a number of sexually explicit comments, sent a number of indecent images, engaged in explicit acts online and discussed meeting.
About 7.30am today (Thursday 27 August 2015), detectives arrested a 27-year-old man at his home in Charlestown.
A search warrant was also conducted with police seizing electronic equipment for further examination.
The man was taken to Charlestown Police Station and charged with using a carriage service to procure a person under the age of 16 years for sexual activity, and using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to person under 16 years of age.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear before Belmont Local Court on 16 September 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/.