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Police allege man arrested in Orange thought he was speaking online with a girl aged under 16




By staff writer


In December 2021, investigators from the Child Exploitation Internet Unit began engaging with a man from the state’s Central West.


Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking with a girl aged under 16 years and engaged in sexually explicit conversations.

Following inquiries, investigators attached to the CEIU arrested a 35-year-old man at an address in Orange about 7.20am on Thursday March 10, 2022.


He was taken to Orange Police Station and charged with use carriage service to send indecent material to person under 16.


He was refused bail and appeared at Orange Local Court that day, where he was granted conditional bail to reappear on Monday March 21, 2022, police said.



Then, in January of this year, detectives began speaking online with a 66-year-old man from the state’s Central West.


Police allege the man believed he was speaking with a girl aged under 16 and engaged in sexually explicit conversations about acts he wished to perform with her.


Following further inquiries, the man was arrested by CEIU detectives at a home about 150km from Orange just before 7am on Wednesday March 9, 2022.

He was taken to Mudgee Police Station and charged with use carriage service to groom child under 16 years of age for sex, and a separate offence of handle explosive or precursor without authorising licence, after investigators allege they found uncovered fireworks during a subsequent search warrant.



He was refused bail and appeared at Orange Local Court that day, where he was granted conditional bail to appear at Mudgee Local Court on Wednesday March 23, 2022.


Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad investigators are reminding parents to be aware of the dangers of online predators, after five men were charged with alleged online grooming offences detected across the state in just over a week - in the NSW Central West, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and the Southern Tablelands.


Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commander, detective acting superintendent Adam Powderly, said in each instance police will allege in court that the men believed they were talking to a child or parent of a child, and expressed desires to engage in sexual activity with the child.


“The insidious nature of online predators is that they seek out children and adopt online behaviours typical of that age, such as the use of emojis, acronyms and slang as a way to groom their victims,” Powderly said, in a general warning to parents and carers.

“In most cases what then follows is a request for explicit photos or attempts by the offender to meet up in person – an act which could have devastating consequences for a young child.




“As a parent or carer, you should explain to your child that people online may not always be who they claim to be and remain approachable and understanding in the event something makes the child uncomfortable online,” Powderly said.


Investigations by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit continue.

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