Monday, January 14, 2008

Police arrest internet groomer

A 21-year-old man is facing child pornography charges after he tried to meet a "teenage girl".

The man tried to organise a meeting with the girl at Southern Cross train station for sex last week.

Police say the Ballarat man arranged the meeting with an investigator, who was posing as a teenage girl, to have sex in a public place.

But sex crimes detectives arrested the man about midday last Friday, when he arrived at the station for the meeting.

Computer equipment and electronic storage media were seized in a later search of the man's Ballarat home.

He is facing charges relating to the manufacture and transmission of child pornography and one charge of procuring a child under 16 years for sexual activity.

Police engaged with people on the internet to prevent serious sexual assaults against children, head of the sex crimes squad Detective Inspector Anthony Cecchin said.

"So look out - we will be watching and waiting," Detective Inspector Cecchin said.

Detectives are expected to lay charges after the computer equipment is forensically examined.

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