Queensland man accused of ‘grooming a child’

Hard working Detectives from the Child Protection Investigation Unit have potentially saved a child from falling into the hands of a paedophile.

Members from Queensland’s Mackay branch will today extradite a 23-year-old New South Wales man from Sydney on 46 child exploitation charges, relating to the alleged grooming of a 13-year-old child.

“It will be alleged the man used a carriage service to engage with a 13-year-old girl over a four month period grooming her and exchanging child exploitation material,” Police explained in a statement.


Detective Inspector Brendan Smith is encouraging parents to be vigilant and have a conversation with their children regarding cyber safety.

“The Queensland Police Service and the Commonwealth Government E-Safety Commissioner have excellent online resources for parent use regarding this issue,” Detective Inspector Smith said.

“As seen by today’s efforts, we take offences against children extremely seriously and offenders are sadly mistaken if they believe they can hide behind jurisdictional borders.

“Child safety is our highest priority.”

The man will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with 46 offences including using a carriage service to solicit and transmit child pornography material, as well as engaging in sexual activity with a child using a carriage service, and using a carriage service to groom a person under the age of 16 years.