WA-JACET team arrest

A 44-year-old Utakarra man accused of using social media to have sexually explicit conversations with a young girl is due to next face the Geraldton Magistrates Court on 28 January 2021.

It is alleged in December 2020 the man made contact via a social media ‘chat’ application with a person he believed was a 14-year-old girl and had conversations of a sexually explicit nature and sent video of himself committing an indecent act.

WA-JACET team detectives with the assistance of Geraldton Detectives arrested the man on 15 December 2020.

The 44-year-old man has been charged with:-

• Intent to Expose a Person Believed to be under 16 years to Indecent Matter; and

• Intent to Procure a Person Believed to be under 16 years to Engage in Sexual Activity.

The maximum penalty for these offences is 5 years’ imprisonment.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation material are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.

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