Police charge man over sexual abuse of teen he met online

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a man following an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl in Sydney’s north-west.

Earlier this year, detectives from the North West Metropolitan Child Abuse Unit and The Hills Police Area Command commenced an investigation after receiving information a 15-year-old girl had been sexually abused by a man she met online.

Inquiries revealed the girl met the man on a social media application in September 2021 and communicated online, before meeting in person later that month and again in March 2022.

It’s alleged he sexually assaulted her on both occasions.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 21-year-old man at Riverstone Police Station about 11.30am yesterday (Wednesday 29 June 2022).

He was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault – victim under the age of 16 years, produce child abuse material, and disseminate child abuse.

Police will also allege in court the man filmed one of the sexual assaults and uploaded it online.

The Beaumont Hills man has been refused bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court today (Thursday 30 June 2022).

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: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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Information and educational packages for parents and children are available from ThinkUKnow, a multi-agency program designed to educate and promote cyber safety: https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/.

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