Man accused of grooming online after allegedly hosting ‘meeting’

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A Victorian man has been charged with alleged online grooming after driving to sydney for what he believed to be an encounter with a child, according to police.

NSW Police will allege the man, from Yallourn North, east of Melbourne, believed he was talking to the mother of a girl aged under 10 and engaged in sexually explicit conversations about ‘the child’ .

It will further be alleged that the man had arranged to meet the mother and daughter and drove away from Victoria for the purpose of a sexual encounter in New South Wales.

A 66-year-old Victorian man has been arrested in south-west Sydney for alleged online grooming. (New South Wales Police)

The 66-year-old was arrested in Liverpool around 11.15am yesterday.

He was accused of using a transportation service to recruit a person under the age of 16 for sexual purposes.

He was refused bail and will appear in Parramatta Court today.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about online connections and the dangers of social media.

“With school holidays in the next two weeks, parents and guardians need to have regular conversations with children about how they can stay safe online,” said Detective Chief Inspector Chris Goddard.

“For young people, engaging with people they don’t know on an online platform can put them at risk.”

“Our priority is to protect children from any type of harm, and we will always use all resources at our disposal to locate anyone using the Internet for criminal purposes,” Goddard said.

More information is available via the eSafety website.
And educational kits for parents and children are available from Think UK Nowa multi-agency program designed to educate and promote cybersecurity.
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