Police lay charges after online child exploitation investigation – Strike Force Trawler

A man will reappear in court today charged by Strike Force Trawler detectives following an investigation into alleged online child exploitation offences in Sydney’s south-west.

In November last year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man near Liverpool.

Police will allege in court that the man sent child abuse material online on multiple occasions.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 58-year-old man at Auburn about 9.40am on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

A search warrant was subsequently executed at a home near Liverpool, where detectives seized a mobile phone, computer and electronic storage devices.

All items seized will undergo further examination.

The man was taken to Auburn Police Station and charged with two counts of use carriage service transmit/publish/promote child abuse.

The man appeared at Burwood Local Court the same day, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court today (Wednesday 31 March 2021).

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

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