Police capture child sex offender by posing as young girls

UNDERCOVER police posing as young girls online have caught an accused sex offender in NSW who was allegedly targeting children around the country.

Earlier this year, two officers from the Child Exploitation Unit assumed the identities of two girls, aged 13 and 14, following a tip-off from police in Western Australia.

Police allege that in the months that followed, a 41-year-old man from Sydney repeatedly made sexually explicit comments during the exchange of mobile phone and internet messages.

The accused man was arrested at his Hurstville home this week and charged with two counts of using a carriage service to transmit indecent material and child pornography.

His computer and phone were seized.

The covert operation prompted police to once again warn parents and children of the dangers lurking online.

A police spokesperson said on Wednesday it was important parents kept computers out in public view and not in bedrooms and encouraged their children never to send a picture to anyone they didn't know or arrange a meeting with someone they had spoken to over the internet.

A full list of safety tips can be found at: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/children/child_exploitation.



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