Police charge man over online grooming at Newcastle

A man has been charged following the alleged online grooming of a child in the Newcastle region.

On Thursday (16 July 2020), police attached to Newcastle City Police District commenced an investigation following reports a 15-year-old girl had been sent messages of a sexual nature by a man who was known to her.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 45-year-old man at a home in Windale about 7.20pm yesterday (Friday 17 July 2020).

Police seized two mobile phones at the home which will undergo forensic examination.

The man was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with use carriage service to menace/harass/offend, groom child for unlawful sexual activity and use carriage service to groom under 16 years for sex.

He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Bail Court today (Saturday 18 July 2020).

Anyone with information about this incident 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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