Wollongong cricket coach charged over sexual acts, grooming of teen boy

A cricket coach has been charged following an investigation into the alleged grooming of a teenage boy he was coaching.

In December 2019, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a 15-year-old boy had been groomed by a man who was known to him.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 31-year-old man at a home in Gwynneville about 9am today (Friday 17 January 2020).

Shortly after, a search warrant was conducted at the home, where detectives seized documents.

The man was taken to Wollongong Police Station and charged with groom child for unlawful sexual activity, intentional incite child between 10 and 16 years do sexual act to them, and aggravated intentionally do sexual act with child between 10 and 16 years (x6).

Police will allege in court that the man exposed to the boy to indecent material and carried out sexual acts in the presence of the boy in the Illawarra area between March and October 2019.

He has been refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court later today.

Investigations are continuing.

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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