Man in court on alleged grooming charges
A man faced Albury Local Court on the weekend after being extradited from Victoria following an investigation by Strike Force Trawler detectives into the alleged online grooming of children for sex.
In June, detectives from the child abuse and sex crimes squad’s child exploitation internet unit started an investigation following a referral from officers at the Internet Crimes Against Children Investigations, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, United States.
Police allege the man believed he was speaking with a girl, 14, from Arizona and later, a girl, 14, from NSW, and engaged in highly-sexualised conversations and sent sexually-explicit images and videos.
Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives travelled to Wagga Wagga in late September but were unable to locate the man. An arrest warrant was issued.
As a result of further inquiries, a man, 41, was arrested by Cobram police detectives at a property in Strathmerton, about 8.20 am Thursday.
He later appeared in Shepparton Magistrate’s Court, where Strike Force Trawler detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.
The man was taken to Albury police station, where he was charged with two counts of use carriage service to groom person under 16 years for sex and two counts of use carriage service to send indecent material to a person under 16.
Extradited: A man was extradited from Victoria to NSW to face charges relating to alleged online grooming of children for sex.