Undercover cops catch alleged child predator in online operation

A man who allegedly believed he was chatting with the mother of a 9-year-old girl about sexual acts he wished to perform on the child has been arrested and charged with more than 20 offences.

The 34-year-old was taken into custody at a home in the NSW Hunter Region just after 11am yesterday, after detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit began an undercover operation online.

Not only did the man believe he was speaking to the mother of a young girl, in a separate chat, he also allegedly thought he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl.


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Undercover police posing as the teenager said the man allegedly engaged in conversations about sex acts he wished to perform on her.

After his arrest, investigators searched the man’s home, where they seized a mobile phone and electronic storage devices.

The man has since been charged with 21 offences including use carriage service to groom under 16 years for sex, use carriage service transmit/publish/promote child abuse (x19), possess child abuse material.

He has been refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today.

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