Man in court over online procurement of child – Strike Force Trawler

A man will re-appear in court today charged over the alleged online procurement of two children and sending sexually explicit images.

In June 2019, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s north west.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 13-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually explicit acts he wished to perform on the child and sent sexually explicit material.

It will also be alleged the man believed he was speaking with a 35-year-old mother of a nine-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually explicit acts he wished to perform on the woman and the child.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 49-year-old man at a home at Glenhaven about 7.15am on Tuesday 17 September 2019.

A short time later, detectives executed a search warrant at the home and seized a laptop, electronic equipment and an electronic storage device.

The man was taken to Castle Hill Police Station where he was charged with use carriage service to procure a person under 16 years of age for sexual activity, and use carriage service transmit/publish/promote etc child porn.

He appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday 17 September 2019, where he was granted strict conditional bail to re-appear at the same court today (Friday 22 November 2019).

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/

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