Man in court over grooming and distribution of child abuse material

A man will reappear in court today charged by Strike Force Trawler detectives following an investigation into online grooming and distribution of child abuse material.

In November 2019, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from the Sydney’s Lower North Shore.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually-explicit acts he wished to perform on the child and sent explicit material.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 46-year-old man at Artarmon about 7.30am on Friday 17 April 2020.

Shortly after, investigators executed a search warrant at the home, where a mobile phone, two computers and other electronic storage devices were seized.

The man was taken to Chatswood Police Station and charged with use carriage service to groom under 16 years for sex and use carriage service to solicit child abuse material.

He appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Friday 17 April 2020, where he was granted strict conditional bail to reappear at the Downing Centre Local Court today (Friday 5 June 2020).

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.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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