Monday, March 4, 2024

Port Macquarie man facing sex abuse charges

A 57-year-old Port Macquarie man who allegedly arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex at a local beach will appear in court today to face sexual grooming charges.

In November last year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from Port Macquarie. 

Police will allege in court that the person believed they were speaking with a 14-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually explicit acts they wished to perform on the child.

It will be further alleged by police that the man made arrangements to meet the girl for sex.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 57-year-old man at a beach in Port Macquarie.

Investigators, with assistance from officers attached to Mid North Coast Child Abuse Unit and Mid North Coast Police District, executed a search warrant at a home nearby and seized electronic devices which will undergo further examination.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices. 

Police say regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU; and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.

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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