Moruya man arrested in child exploitation sting

The 33-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives in a car park on High Street in Penrith.
The 33-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives in a car park on High Street in Penrith.

A Moruya man will face court after being charged with online child procurement as part of an investigation into online child abuse.

Strike Force Trawler officers began engaging online with a man from the state’s south coast last month.

Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old boy and made numerous sexually explicit comments to the child, and made arrangements to meet with him.

At 3.30pm on Wednesday, February 15, the 33-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives in a car park on High Street in Penrith.

Shortly after, strike force detectives, with the assistance of officers from Penrith and Far South Coast Local Area Commands executed search warrants at a hotel room at Penrith and a home at Moruya.

During the searches, police seized a laptop and two mobile phones.

The 33-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives in a car park on High Street in Penrith.

The 33-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives in a car park on High Street in Penrith.

The man was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with use carriage service to procure persons under 16.

He was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on Thursday February 16.

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.