Strike Force Trawler investigators have charged a man over the alleged online procurement of a child 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.
In October 2017, strike force detectives began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s Inner West.
Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 13-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 48-year-old man at Parramatta, about 9am on Friday (24 November 2017).
Shortly after the arrest, detectives executed a search warrant at a home at Dulwich Hill, 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 and appeared at Parramatta Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to appear at the same court on Tuesday 12 December 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