Child grooming offences at Caloundra

A man has been charged with more than 30 offences relating to the grooming of a teenage girl he met online and allegedly supplied drugs to in Caloundra.

It will be alleged the 44-year-old man engaged with a 14-year-old girl regularly via social media between May and June, 2021.

It is further alleged the man then met with the girl on multiple occasions and supplied her with drugs, namely methylamphetamine, and would blackmail her when she was unable to pay.

The man was arrested on June 22 by detectives from Caloundra Child Protection and Investigation Unit after he attended a location at Dicky Beach under the belief he was meeting with a parent of the girl.

The 44-year-old Little Mountain man has been charged with 15 counts of supply drugs to a minor under 16, 14 counts of using internet to procure a child under 16, two counts of possessing dangerous drugs, and one count each of groom child under 16, fail to properly dispose of needle, possess anything use in the commission of crime, contravene direction and driving unlicensed.

He is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.

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