Man in court on al­leged groom­ing charges

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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