Aberdeen man arrested and facing online grooming charges

Police have arrested and charged an Aberdeen man, 28, with a number of online-grooming offences after a tip-off from authorities in Western Australia.

The NSW Police Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) received information in August this year that a man from the Hunter had been transmitting indecent material via the internet.

Detectives from the CEIU and Hunter Valley searched a home in Gordon Place, Aberdeen about 10am today.

During the search police seized a computer and other items for forensic examination. 

A man, 28, was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook police station where he was charged with using a  carriage service to groom person under 16 years of age and using a carriage service to transmit indecent material to person under 16 years of age.

 It will be alleged the man engaged in explicit conversations with police officers posing as girls aged 12 and 14 on two social-networking Internet sites. Police will further allege the man sent the officers a lewd image. 

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear in Muswellbrook Local Court in November. 

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