NSW Police charge Cabramatta man over alleged online child exploitation

A Cabramatta man has been arrested as part of covert online investigations into child exploitation.

The arrest was made by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad, under the Strike Force Trawler investigation.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.

Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU and NSW Police work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.

In December 2017, police began to engage online with a man from the Cabramatta area.

Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl, and engaged in sexually-explicit conversations.

It will be further alleged he broadcast explicit live video recordings to police.

At bout 9am on Tuesday, February 6, police arrested a 45-year-old man in Cabramatta and took him to Fairfield Police Station.

He was charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years old for sexual activity; and using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a person under 16 years of age.

The man was refused bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court on Wednesday, February 7

Anyone with information about internet predators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

NSW Police remind people they should not report crime information via the Police’s Facebook and Twitter pages.