Strike Force Trawler detectives have charged a man over the alleged use of online chat sites for child exploitation material, NSW Police say.
In April, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
Police will allege in court that the man purported to be a woman and believed he was speaking to a 37-year-old woman, engaging in explicit conversations about committing sexual acts with children.
Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Trawler detectives arrested a 60-year-old man at a home at Dover Heights about 10.45am yesterday (Thursday 26 July 2018).
Investigators seized a mobile phone, tablet and laptop.
The man was taken to Waverley Police Station and charged with using a carriage service for child pornography material.
He was refused bail to appear at Waverley Local Court later today (Friday 27 July 2018).
Investigations are continuing.
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.