A 29 year old man will appear before Albany Magistrates Court today (Wednesday 31 January 2018), charged with child exploitation offences.
In June 2017, WA Police received information from a police department in the United States regarding the alleged online activities of a West Australian man.
Albany Detectives commenced an investigation and subsequently a search warrant was executed at a residence in the Great Southern area on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. A number of electronic devices were seized and police are continuing to analyse information from the seized devices.
It will be alleged the man communicated with a 14 year old girl through electronic means, seeking to groom her to engage in sexual activity.
The man has been charged with:
- Involved a Child in Child Exploitation;
- With Intent to Commit a Crime, Showed Offensive Material to a Child under 16 years; and
- Encourage a Child of or over 13 years and under 16 years to do an Indecent Act.
Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au