Police Warn Parents After Four Men Charged For Alleged 'Incitement Of Children For Sex
Police are pleading with parents to monitor their children's online activities after four men were arrested over alleged online child exploitation.
NSW detectives posing as mothers of young children have arrested and charged three men in an undercover sting.
Officers began to make contact with the men accused back in May as part of Strike Force Trawler.
By June 20, one man was arrested in Sydney's west.
It's alleged the Lethbridge Park man believed he was speaking to the mother of a girl, aged, nine, about sexually-explicit acts he wanted to perform on the child and mother.
A week later, police swooped on a 57-year-old man who believed he was speaking to the mother of an eight-year-old girl.
The Taree man allegedly discussed sex acts he wished to perform on the child before arranging to meet with the mother and daughter.
Officers raided a property in Sydney's west just after 7am on June 28 and seized a mobile phone and a USB storage device for examination.
A third man was arrested under similar circumstances on Tuesday.
The 54-year-old Erskine Park man is accused of speaking to who he thought was the mother of a nine-year-old girl.
He too is alleged to have detailed sexually-explicit acts he wished to perform on the young child before organising to meet for sex.
All of the accused have been charged with a number of offences including incite to commit sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 years and will remain behind bars until their next court appearance scheduled for August and September.
A fourth man was also arrested during and charged during the undercover operation, but he believed he was speaking to a teenager, 14, herself, not her mother, and allegedly engaged in conversations about sexually-explicit acts.
The 32-year-old was arrested at a business in Chullora on June 21 and was charged with using a carriage service to procure under the age of 16 years for sexual activity.
Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, said parents need to speak with their children regularly about online safety.
“With children currently on school holidays, it’s a timely reminder to keep an eye on how much time your child is spending on the internet, what websites they are visiting, and who they may be speaking with," he said.
“Not only should young people be very careful about providing personal information details to a person they only know in an online environment, they should never organise to meet as doing so may place them at further risk of harm.
“If they encounter something or someone they are not comfortable with, we encourage them to speak to someone they trust, who can then let our investigators know," he continued.
Anyone with information about internet predators is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the reporting page.