4 JANUARY 2020 I NSW Police detectives have arrested a Nepalese man from Western Sydney for planning to meet up with a girl whom he believed to be 14 years of age.
According to a police statement, strike force detectives arrested the 29-year-old man on 2 January following a months-long investigation into his salacious online activities.
The disgraced migrant “believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually-explicit acts he wished to perform on the child and sent sexually-explicit material”, police allege.
Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with the accused back in November 2019.
Police claim the man made arrangements to meet the child for sex.
Shortly after the arrest of the man, identified by media as Sandesh Pathek, police carried out a search warrant at his unit in Wentworthville.
Detectives seized a laptop and other electronic devices from the address, believed to be that of the accused man.
The man was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with using “carriage service to procure person under 16 years for sex”.
Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.
The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.
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