• Tony Bosworth

Windsor man in court today - charged with alleged online grooming

Forty-six-year-old thought he was talking to 13-year-old girl - police allege

In August last year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from Windsor.

Police will allege in court today - Friday - that the man believed he was speaking with a 13-year-old girl and he engaged in sexually explicit conversations.

Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Trawler detectives arrested a 46-year-old man at a home in Windsor just before 7.30am on Tuesday March 30.

A search warrant was executed at the home, and police seized mobile phones and electronic devices.

The man was taken to Windsor Police Station and charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Penrith Local Court on March 30 where he was granted strict conditional bail to appear at the same court today – Friday.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children through the internet and related telecommunications devices. Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU, and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

Police stress that information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

A reminder from Police – do not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

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