A man will appear at court, charged by Strike Force Trawler investigators over the alleged procurement of a child he met online for sex.
Detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) conduct ongoing investigations into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices under Strike Force Trawler.
As part of their inquiries, strike force detectives began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s south in October 2017.
Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old boy and engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with the child and made arrangements to meet in person.
Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Trawler investigators arrested a 55-year-old man at Westmead, just after 3pm yesterday (Tuesday 14 November 2017).
Shortly after the arrest, detectives executed a search warrant at a home at Beverly Hills, where they seized computers and electronic storage devices.
The man was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with use carriage service to procure persons under 16 years for sexual activity.
He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court later today (Wednesday 15 November 2017).
Inquiries are continuing.
Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU, and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues both interstate and overseas.
Anyone with information about internet predators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.
Source: NSW Police