Police arrest man after online offences

Kalgoorlie Detectives have charged a man as a result of their investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour with a child.

It is alleged between December 2019 and January 2020, the man utilised a social media platform to engage in online sexual behaviour with a female teenager, who he met when he was her teacher.

The alleged offences did not occur whilst the girl was a student of the man.

On 18 February 2020, detectives executed a search warrant at the man’s home address and located a number of electronic devices belonging to him. It is alleged child exploitation material was identified on some of the devices. Further analysis of the devices is ongoing.

The man from the Goldfields-Esperance District has been charged with:-

• Three counts of Encourages a Child over 13 and under 16 years to Engage in Sexual Behaviour;

• Three counts of Indecently Deals with a Child over 13 and under 16 years;

• One count of Persistent Sexual Conduct with Child under 16 years; and

• One count of Possessing Child Exploitation Material.

He is next due to appear before the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court on 23 March 2020.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone with any information regarding this matter to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

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