UK Police tip leads to arrest in Sydney for online child sex offence – Castle Hill

A man from the Hills District has been charged for allegedly sending explicit material to a child following an investigation by Strike Force Trawler detectives and the UK Police.

On Friday 15 May 2020, the UK Police contacted the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) regarding a man they were engaging online with who was based in Sydney.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 12-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexual acts he wished her to perform.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators arrested a 27-year-old man at a home in Castle Hill about 4.40pm on Saturday (16 May 2020).

The man was taken to Castle Hill Police Station and charged with use carriage service to send indecent material to person under 16 years of age.

He appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Sunday (17 May 2020) where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court today (Tuesday 19 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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