Undercover cops posing as 13yo girl catch online child predator

A man has been charged with online child grooming after he was caught out by undercover detectives posing as a young girl.

The 47-year-old man was arrested by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad in the Coffs Harbour area about 10.00am yesterday.

Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 13-year-old girl and engaged in numerous sexually-explicit conversations with the child and made arrangements to meet for sex.


After his arrest, detectives executed a search warrant at a home in Woolgoolga, where they seized a computer and electronic storage devices.

The man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and charged with two counts of using a carriage service to groom persons under 16, and using a carriage service to procure persons under 16.

He was refused bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court today.