Police from State Crime Command's Sex Crimes Squad have arrested a Riverstone man, 47, after he allegedly used an internet chat service to arrange sex with a girl, 12.
Earlier this year, Sex Crimes Squad's Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) detectives were conducting proactive covert investigations on an adult social networking site.
Detectives, assuming the online identity of an adult woman with a 12-year-old daughter, engaged a 47-year-old man in conversation.
Police will allege that during the conversations, the man made a number of sexually explicit comments in relation to the 12-year-old girl and arranged to meet the woman and her daughter at a Parramatta hotel for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with the child.
At 5.30am yesterday (Wednesday 23 April 2014), detectives arrested the man at the Parramatta hotel, before executing a search warrant at his Riverstone home.
Police located and seized a number of computers and electronic devices, as well as four firearms registered in the man’s name.
The man was was charged with:
- Using a carriage service for child pornography material; and,
- Incitement to commit aggravated sexual assault of a victim under 16 years.
He was bailed to appear in Parramatta Local Court on may 28.
Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit and police in NSW work closely with their law enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.
Anyone with information about internet predators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Meanwhile, police are again urging parents and children to be mindful of the dangers associated with the internet.
Safe internet use – tips for parents:
• Be aware of how much time your child spends on the internet.
• Spend time talking to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations.
• Spend time exploring the internet with your children and let them teach you about their favourite websites.
• Keep the computer in a room the whole family can access; not in your child's bedroom.
• Consider installing filtering and/or computer blocking software provided by your internet service provider. The Netalert web page provides information on a number of commercially-available products at www.netalert.net.au.
• Ensure you are able to access your child's email and randomly check the contents.
• Check your phone bill for unusual outgoing calls, or consider using a 'caller ID' device to identify incoming calls.
• Consult your telephone company for options designed to ensure privacy and security.
• Enquire with your child's school, public library, and places they frequent, to find out what internet safety measures they have in place.
• Information on internet safety is available on the NSW Police website at: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/children/child_exploitation
Tips for children:
• Do not send a picture of yourself to anyone you don't know and never place a full profile and picture anywhere on the internet.
• Never give out your personal information, including name, home address, phone number or school, over the internet.
• Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you have chatted with on the internet.
• Tell your parents or another adult you know of any contact that makes you feel uncomfortable.
• Remember that pressing ‘send’ is definite and final – you can’t get it back or take it down.