Lake Macquarie man charged after grooming what he thought was a 14-year-old girl

A Lake Macquarie man will appear in court today charged by Strike Force Trawler detectives following an investigation into the alleged online grooming and procuring of a child.

Last month, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from Morriset.

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

It will also be alleged that the man arranged to meet the girl in person.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 40-year-old man at a business in Mannering Park about 2.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 30 June 2020).

Investigators seized the man’s phone before he was taken to Wyong Police Station and charged with

use carriage service to procure child under 16 years for sexual activity.

He was refused bail to appear at Wyong Local Court today (Wednesday 1 July 2020).