Man arrested for racial abuse online

A Lake Munmorah man is one of two men charged over alleged racial abuse sent online to an NRL player.

Detectives from the Fixated Persons Investigation Unit charged the two men following inquiries into alleged offensive messages sent to an NRL player over the weekend, April 24 and 25.

The Engagement and Hate Crime Unit and the Fixated Persons Investigation Unit commenced inquiries after the NRL Integrity Unit reported that a player had received numerous offensive and threatening social media messages, some of which were racially charged.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives arrested a 25-year-old man at Lake Munmorah on Friday, April 23.

They also arrested a 22-year-old man at a home in Taree.

Police seized electronic devices, which will undergo forensic examination.

The men were taken to local police stations and each charged with use carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

Both men were granted strict conditional bail, with the younger man due to appear at Taree Local Court on Tuesday, May 18.

The Lake Munmorah man is due to appear at Wyong Local Court on Wednesday, May 12.

Inquiries are continuing.

Media release, Apr 23
NSW Police