The four men arrested allegedly thought they were speaking with the mothers of young girls during the covert operation when they were, in fact, communicating with NSW Police Force officers.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on July 10, 2019

Police officers posed as mums to catch alleged online paedophiles trying to entice their daughters.

The arrest of four male online predators in Sydney, Australia, has prompted NSW Police Force Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, to urge parents to speak with their children regularly about online safety.

The four allegedly thought they were speaking with the mothers of young girls during the covert operation when it was actually NSW Police Force officers communicating with the men online, NSW Police Force said on its Facebook page.

In May 2019, detectives from the NSW Police Force Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s west. Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with the 35-year-old mother of a nine-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually-explicit acts he wished to perform on the child as well as with the mother and daughter together.

Following extensive inquiries, a 61-year-old man was arrested in Sydney’s west about 11.20am on Thursday 20 June. He was charged with incite sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 years. He has been held in custody and will reappear in court on Thursday 22 August 2019.

In the second incident, detectives from the CEIU began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s south west. Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually explicit acts he wished to perform on the child.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 32-year-old man outside a business at Chullora about 1pm on Friday 21 June 2019. Shortly afterwards, investigators executed a search warrant at a home in Cabramatta, where they seized several electronic devices that they took for forensic examination.

NSW Police Force arrest one of the alleged paedophiles who thought they were talking to the victim's mother. Photo: NSW Police Force
NSW Police Force arrest one of the alleged paedophiles who thought they were talking to the victim’s mother. Photo: NSW Police Force

The man charged with using a carriage service to procure a child under the age of 16 years for sexual activity. He has been formally refused bail to re-appear at Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday 21 August 2019.

In the third incident, detectives from the CEIU began engaging online with a man from Taree on the mid North Coast of NSW. Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 37-year-old mother of an eight-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually explicit acts he wished to perform on the child.

The man allegedly then made arrangements to meet with the woman and girl for sex. Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 57-year-old man at a property in Sydney’s west just after 7am on Friday 28 June 2019.

During a search of the man, investigators seized a mobile phone and a USB storage device for further forensic examination.

The man was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with inciting to commit sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 years, possess child abuse material, and use carriage service transmit/publish/promote child porn.

He was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Friday 28 June 2019, where he was formally refused bail and called to re-appear before the same court on Thursday 22 August 2019.

In the fourth incident, detectives from the CEIU began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s west.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with the 29-year-old mother of a nine-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually explicit acts he wished to perform on the child, before planning to meet the woman and girl for sex. Following extensive inquiries, a 54-year-old man was arrested in Sydney’s west about 9am yesterday (Tuesday 9 July 2019).

He was charged with inciting to commit sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 years and use of carriage service to transmit/publish/promote child porn.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Local Court yesterday where he was formally refused bail and ordered to re-appear on Thursday 5 September 2019.

“It’s important to speak to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations and know what your child is doing online,” Det Supt Kerlatec said.

“With children currently on school holidays, it’s a timely reminder to keep an eye on how much time your child is spending on the internet, what websites they are visiting, and who they may be speaking with.

“Not only should young people be very careful about providing personal information details to a person they only know in an online environment, they should never organise to meet as doing so may place them at further risk of harm.

“If they encounter something or someone they are not comfortable with, we encourage them to speak to someone they trust, who can then let our investigators know,” Kerlatec said.