Man accused of grooming 14-year-old girl for sex

A Sydney man has been charged with trying to lure a teenage girl online after being caught in a police sting.

Detectives posing as a 14-year-old girl began communicating with the man online last month.

They allege he had sexually explicit conversations and made arrangements to meet the teenager.

“Last month, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit… began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s north-west,” a NSW Police statement read.

Detectives arrested the 63-year-old, who they allege engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Source: NSW Police

“Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl and engaged in sexually explicit conversations and made arrangements to meet the child in person.”

But police arrested the 63-year-old in Westmead, in Sydney’s northwest, on Thursday and raided his Castle Hill home, where they seized computers and electronic storage devices.

The man was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with use carriage service to procure person under 16 years for sex.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court later on Friday.