Stuarts Point Home Searched in Relation to Child Exploitation Investigations

37 year old man arrested

23 July 2018

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NSW Police

A Stuarts Point home has been at the centre of a police search, investigations ongoing with a 37 year old man arrested.

He's faced Coffs Harbour court today, after being arrested following an investigation by Strike Force Trawler detectives into the alleged procurement of a child online.

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

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

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

Following extensive investigations, he 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 the 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.

Investigations are continuing.

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