Man accused of child exploitation arrested at local business
A MAN will face court today accused of online child exploitation.
Police will allege the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad's Child Exploitation Internet Unit's detectives began engaging with the man online last month.
In court, they will allege the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl when he engaged in conversations about sexually-explicit acts he wished to perform upon her.
A 33-year-old man was arrested by Strike Force Trawler detectives at a Lismore business about 9.30am today.
Police also executed a search warrant and seized electronic devices from a home near Casino.
The man was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with using a carriage service to send indecent material to a person under 16, using a carriage service to solicit child abuse material, possessing child abuse material and failing to comply with reporting obligations.
He was refused bail and is expected to appear before Lismore Local Court today.
Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children through the internet and telecommunications.
The strike force conducts regular covert online investigations.
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.