Strike Force Trawler charge man over online child exploitation 15 May

A man will re-appear in court today charged by Strike Force Trawler detectives over alleged online child exploitation in Sydney’s west.

In February 2020, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s west.

Police will allege in court that the man engaged in sexually-explicit conversations online.

Following extensive investigations, detectives arrested a 55-year-old man at a home near Parramatta about 9.15am on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

A short time later, officers executed a search warrant at a home, seizing electronic items and cannabis.

The man was taken to Granville Police Station and charged with three counts of use carriage service transmit/publish/promote child abuse and possess prohibited drug.

He appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 11 March 2020, where he was formally refused bail to re-appear at the same court today (Friday 15 May 2020).

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:

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