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Friday, June 21, 2024

Woman charged with online grooming

A Sydney woman will face court this morning over the alleged sexually explicit online grooming of a 14-year-old girl.

Strike Force Trawler detectives laid charges against the Greystanes woman following an investigation into alleged online grooming in Sydney’s west earlier this year.

Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with the woman in July.

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

Following extensive investigations, officers executed a search warrant at the woman’s home and seized electronic devices.

The 47-year-old was taken to Granville Police Station and charged with use carriage service to groom under 16 years for sex and use carriage service to send indecent material to person.

She was granted strict conditional bail to reappear at Parramatta Local court today.

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. 

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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