A man has been arrested by detectives from State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad as part of covert online investigations into child exploitation.
Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.
In December 2017, police began to engage online with a man from the Cabramatta area.
Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl, and engaged in sexually-explicit conversations.
It will be further alleged he broadcast explicit live video recordings to police.
About 9am today (Tuesday 6 February 2018), police arrested a 45-year-old man at Cabramatta and took him to Fairfield Police Station.
He was charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years old for sexual activity and using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a person under 16 years of age.
The man was refused bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court tomorrow (Wednesday 7 February 2018).
Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.
Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues 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