Social network 'predator' arrested

COVERT detectives working to expose child predators posing as young teenagers on the internet have made an arrest in NSW.

Late Tuesday, a 38-year-old man was stopped in his car near Goulburn and his home raided following a three-month investigation into his alleged behaviour on a social networking site.

Police allege that between May and July the man repeatedly engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with a detective, posing as a 14-year-old girl, and asked if they could meet.

The man's computer was seized for examination and he was charged with using a carriage service to procure a person under 16, two counts of using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a person under 16 and disqualified driving.

The arrest was made by detectives attached the Strike Force Trawler, an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children through the internet and mobile phones.

Safe Internet use - Police tips for parents:

  • Be aware of how much time your child spends on the internet
  • Spend time talking to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations.
  • Explore the internet with your children and let them teach you about their favourite websites
  • Keep the computer in a room the whole family can access, not in your child's bedroom
  • Consider installing filtering and/or computer blocking software provided by your internet service provider. The Netalert web page provides information on a number of commercially-available products at www.netalert.net.au.
  • Information on how internet safety is available on the NSW Police website at: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/children/child_exploitation

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