Undercover police bait alleged child sex offender in online operation

A MAN accused of talking about having sex with children online has been arrested and charged following a year-long undercover police operation in Sydney.

Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) first received reports of the man’s graphic online conversations in February last year.

Officers went undercover and started engaging with the man, who police said believed he was speaking to a father who had access to young children.


The man allegedly engaged in sexually-explicit conversations about the children with the ‘father’ and discussed the possibility of meeting them for sex, police said.

Following a protracted investigation, detectives from Strike Force Trawler arrested the 33-year-old man at a business in Sydney’s CBD on Tuesday morning.

He was taken to Sydney City Police Station while detectives executed a search warrant at his Potts Point home and seized a number of electronic storage devices.

The 33-year-old has since been charged with using a carriage service for child exploitation material.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, March 28.

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