Man in court over possession of child abuse material – Strike Force Trawler

A man will appear in court today charged by Strike Force Trawler detectives over the alleged possession of child abuse material.

In May 2019, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) received information about a man from Sydney’s west using social media to receive sexually explicit images.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives executed a search warrant at a home at Toongabbie about 9am on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

During the search, electronic devices were seized which allegedly contained child abuse material.

A 19-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Parramatta Police Station.

He was charged with possess child abuse material.

The man was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Wednesday 8 January 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:

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