Police charge man over child grooming offences – South Sydney PAC

A man will face court today following an investigation into alleged child grooming offences in Sydney’s south.

Last month, detectives from South Sydney Police Area Command established Strike Force Montebar to investigate reports a 15-year-old girl had been groomed and sexually touched by a male she met on social media.

During the course of the investigation, officers received reports of offences allegedly committed against two further teenage girls, aged 14 and 15.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested an 18-year-old man a home at Botany about 11.35am yesterday (Wednesday 12 November 2020).

The man was taken to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with two counts of groom child for unlawful sexual activity, two counts of use carriage service to groom under 16 years for sex, two counts of use carriage service to solicit child abuse material, possess child abuse material, supply liquor to a minor and intentionally sexually touch child aged between 10 and 16 years.

Police will allege the man, aged between 17 and 18 at the time of the offences, used a social media platform to groom the girls, two of whom were known to him.

The man was refused bail and will appear at Central Local Court today (Friday 13 November 2020).

Investigations continue under Strike Force Montebar.

Anyone who has experience any form of sexual abuse is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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