Emu Plains man arrested in covert police operation

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An Emu Plains man will appear in court today charged after allegedly sending sexually explicit material following an investigation by detectives.

Last month, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with the man.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 37-year-old mother of a nine-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually-explicit acts he wished to perform on the child and sent sexually-explicit material.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 59-year-old man at a home in Emu Plains about 5.30pm yesterday.

“Police seized a mobile phone and electronic storage device,” a Police spokesperson said.

“The man was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with ‘possess child abuse material’ and ‘use carriage service to transmit/publish/promote child abuse’.”

The man was refused bail to appear at the Penrith Local Court today.

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

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