Central Coast man charged for producing and sending child abuse material

A Central Coast man has been arrested for producing and sending child abuse material.

The Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) conducts ongoing investigations into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children online under Strike Force Trawler.

Strike force officers began engaging online with a man from the Central Coast last month.

Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl and made numerous sexually-explicit comments to the child, including requests for child abuse material; and made arrangements to meet with her.

About 2pm on Thursday, March 16 the 41-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives during a vehicle stop on Wyong Road, Tuggerah.

Shortly after, detectives executed a search warrant at a home at Berkley Vale, where they seized electronic devices, and a SIM card.

The man was taken to Wyong Police Station and charged with use carriage service to procure persons under 16, using a carriage service for child pornography, use carriage service to transmit indecent communication to person under 16 years, and produce child abuse material.

He was refused bail to appear at Wyong Local Court on Friday, March 17.

Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.