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Police arrest man on North Coast beach on child sex charges

Police say the man they arrested at a Coffs Harbour beach on Friday (July 20) had been arranging to meet an underage girl for sex. Photo NSW Police

A man will reappear at court today following an investigation by Strike Force Trawler detectives into the alleged procurement of an underage girl online.

Earlier this year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) commenced an investigation following a referral from the Victoria Police’s Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team.

Police will allege in court that the man had been communicating online with a young girl from Victoria since 2016 and engaged in highly-sexualised conversations.

Strike Force Trawler investigators conducted a covert online investigation and it will be alleged that the man later arrangements to meet the child in person.

Following extensive investigations, a 37-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives at a beach at Coffs Harbour about 10am on Friday (20 July 2018).

During a search of the man and his vehicle, investigators seized three mobile phones and a computer tablet.

Shortly after the arrest, police executed a search warrant at a home at Stuarts Point, where they seized computers, a laptop, electronic storage devices, and ammunition.

The man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and charged with two counts of use carriage service to procure person under 16 years for sex.

He was refused bail and appeared at Coffs Harbour Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court today (Monday 23 July 2018).

Investigations are continuing.


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