Man led off beach in handcuffs after allegedly grooming teen for sex


A 37-year-old man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and velcro sandals has been handcuffed and led off a NSW beach after being arrested for allegedly organising to meet up with a teenage girl for sex.

Strikeforce Trawler swooped on the man at the Coffs Harbour beach, on the North Coast, on Friday morning.

Detectives allege he had been engaging in sexually charged online conversations with an underage Victorian girl since 2016.

NSW investigators had been monitoring his movements since earlier this year after a tip-off from their Victorian counterparts.

Footage shows a balding but heavily bearded man in a bright Hawaiian shirt and sandals being led from the windy beach by detectives in handcuffs. Source: NSW Police

Surveillance revealed the man had arranged to meet up with the girl, NSW Police said in a statement on Monday.

Video of the arrest shows a balding but heavily bearded man in a bright Hawaiian shirt and sandals being led from the windy beach by detectives in handcuffs.

Police seized three mobile phones and a computer tablet while searching his car.

A 37-year-old man was arrested at a beach on Friday morning. Source: NSW Police

A subsequent search of a Stuarts Point home – about an hour south of Coffs Harbour – resulted in the seizure of computers, a laptop, hard drives and ammunition.

The 37-year-old was charged with two counts of trying to procure a person under 16 for sex.

He is expected to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday.