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Man arrested following online grooming investigation in Newcastle

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Detectives from State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad have charged a man following an investigation into online grooming in Newcastle.

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

Earlier this month, detectives began engaging with a 64-year-old Wallsend man, who they will allege was using a social media platform to approach and groom young boys for the purpose of sexual activity.

Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a man following investigations in Newcastle. Photo: NSW Police Force

Following subsequent inquiries, about 9am on Thursday 6 July, they attended a service station in Wallsend where they arrested the male.

A short time later, officers executed a search warrant at an address in Wallsend, where a number of electronic devices were located.

The items were seized to undergo further forensic examination.

The man was taken to Waratah Police Station, where he was charged with use carriage service-procure <16 years for sexual activity.

He was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court.

Inquiries under Strike Force Trawler continue.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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