Man, 58, charged with child exploitation offences online

A 58-YEAR-OLD man arrested in Auburn earlier this year as part of an investigation into alleged online child exploitation offences, faced court last week.

Strike Force Trawler detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU), began engaging the man online in November last year before arresting and charging him on February 3 with two counts of use carriage service transmit/publish/promote child abuse.
He appeared at Burwood Local Court the same day, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Wednesday, March 31.
A search warrant was also executed at a home near Liverpool, where detectives seized a mobile phone, computer and electronic storage devices for further forensic examination.
Police will allege in court that the man sent child abuse material online on multiple occasions.
Working closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas, regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU.
SF Trawler is an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children through the internet and related telecommunications devices.
Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.