Man granted bail on child sex charges

CHILD exploitation charges have been laid against an accused online predator who allegedly sexually assaulted a girl at a Grafton scout camp.

The 40-year-old's computer and other electronic items were tested forensically after his arrest and the search of a South Grafton property in January.

Police allegedly found child abuse material and video of children aged under 16 in private acts.

The man faces 15 charges including indecent assault, possessing child abuse material, filming person in private act without consent and grooming a child for unlawful sexual activity.

He will be on bail until court on July 7.

The investigation has brought home the importance of educating parents about dangers online.

It will be alleged the man groomed a 13-year-old girl via a social networking site and indecently assaulted her twice while he was volunteering at the camp.

The girl's mother contacted police after allegedly

finding communication between the two on her computer.

Coffs Harbour Child Abuse Squad Detective Sergeant Matthew Zimmer said the majority of sexual assaults on children were committed by someone in a position of trust and while the decision to speak with police could be difficult, the squad worked with other agencies to ensure victims received the counselling and support they needed.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Internet safety tips for parents can be found here.

Topics:  crime

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