Man charged with child grooming offences

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A man has been charged with child grooming offences after an investigation by police.

On Thursday, January 7, a female child in Queensland was using an online gaming site when she became involved in a conversation with another user of the site.

Over the next 24 hours, further conversations via text message took place between the girl and the other user.

During these conversations, police allege the user was attempting to groom the child for sexual activity.

The activity was detected and police in Queensland commenced an investigation.

It was discovered the messages originated from a phone owned by a man in western Sydney and detectives from St Marys Local Area Command investigated the matter further.

About 9am yesterday, police executed a search warrant an address in Werrington Downs and arrested a 23-year-old man.

He was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with use carriage service to groom person under the age of 16 for sexual activity and use carriage service to transmit indecent material to person under the age of 16 years.

He was refused bail and will appear in Penrith Local Court on Friday.

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