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Man charged after allegedly accessing child abuse material online - Strike Force Trawler

Friday, 31 March 2017 03:25:02 PM

A man from the Hunter Region has been charged following an investigation into online child exploitation.

The Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) conducts ongoing investigations into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children online under Strike Force Trawler.

Earlier this month, strike force officers commenced an investigation into online child abuse material after receiving information from the Australian Federal Police Child Protection Operations (AFPCPO).

Following extensive inquiries, a 23-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives at Cameron Park about 12.30pm yesterday (Thursday 30 March 2017).

Shortly after, detectives searched a home at Highfields, where they seized a mobile phone and computers.

The man was taken to Belmont Police Station and charged with using a carriage service for child pornography.

Police will allege the man shared photos of a child on a social networking site and took part in numerous sexually-explicit comments about the child.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Belmont Local Court on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.

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 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

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