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Wollondilly man facing grooming, sexual abuse of child charges

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives have charged a 22 year old Wollondilly Shire man over the alleged online grooming and sexual abuse of a young girl.

In August this year, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation following reports a young girl had been sexually abused by a man she had met on social media.

Following extensive inquiries, a 22-year-old man was arrested at a home in Wollondilly yesterday (October 7).

A search warrant was executed, where police seized a mobile phone and clothing that will undergo further examination.

The accused was taken to Narellan Police Station and charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under the age of 16 years for sex, two counts of having sexual intercourse with a child aged between 14 and 16 years, intentionally sexually touch child between 10 and 16 years, intentionally do sexual act with child between 10 and 16 years, use a carriage service to solicit child abuse material and use carriage service to send indecent material.

Police allege that the man groomed the 14-year-old girl on a social media platform, before meeting with her in June and July 2021, where he sexually abused her.

The man was refused bail to appear before Picton Local Court today (October 8).

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

Information and educational packages for parents and children are available from ThinkUKnow, a multi-agency program designed to educate and promote cyber safety: https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/

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