Man charged over online child exploitation offences

Siege at West Gosford

Strike Force Trawler detectives have charged a man following an investigation into alleged online child exploitation offences.

In July 2020, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from the state’s Central Coast.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with the 36-year-old mother of a 9-year-old girl and engaged in sexually explicit conversations about acts he wished to perform on the child.

It will be further alleged the man believed he was separately 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 66-year-old man at a home near Tuggerah on Tuesday, January 12.

A search warrant was subsequently executed at the home, where detectives seized a computer and mobile phone, which will undergo further examination.

The man was taken to Wyong Police Station and charged with incite to commit sexual intercourse with child under the age of 10 years, use carriage service transmit/publish/promote child abuse and use carriage service to groom child under 16 years for sex.

He was refused bail to appear at Wyong Local Court.

Source:
Press release, Jan 12
NSW Police Media