Man, 53, charged with grooming 12yo girl on social media

A 53-year-old man has been charged over the alleged grooming of a young girl online.

The man was arrested by detectives from the Mackay Child Protection Investigation Unit on Sunday following an ongoing investigation.

Police will allege in court the man “used a carriage service to engage with a 12-year-old girl over a four month period grooming her and exchanging child exploitation material.”


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He has since been charged with grooming person under age of 16 years and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on 10 July.

According to Detective Inspector Brendan Smith, police believe this victim may not be the only one.

“Investigations to date would suggest the current victim child may not be only one, accordingly we are seeking assistance from the community to identify other children possibly at risk, particularly in the Ball Bay, Halliday Bay, Seaforth and Calen areas,” he said.

“It will be alleged the child was contacted via mainstream social media.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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