Strike Force Trawler charge man over online grooming in Sydney’s north-west

A man will appear in court later this year charged following an investigation by Strike Force Trawler detectives into alleged online child exploitation offences in Sydney’s north-west.

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

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl and engaged in sexually explicit conversations about acts he wished to perform on the child.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 41-year-old man at a home at Ermington about 6.30am yesterday (Thursday 21 January 2021).

A search warrant was subsequently executed at the home, where detectives seized six electronic storage devices and two mobile phones, which will undergo further examination.

The man was taken to Granville Police Station and charged with use carriage service to groom under 16 years for sex.

He was refused bail by Parramatta Local Court. The man will next appear before Parramatta Local Court on Thursday 18 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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