Police from the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) have arrested a sports coach in Coffs Harbour following investigations into online child grooming. Photo: NSW Police State Crime Command
Police from the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) have arrested a sports coach in Coffs Harbour following investigations into online child grooming. Photo: NSW Police State Crime Command

Coffs junior AFL coach arrested on child grooming charges

A JUNIOR Coffs Harbour AFL coach has been charged on child grooming offences. 

Police from the Sex Crimes Squad's Child Exploitation Internet Unit arrested the man on Tuesday following investigations into online child grooming.

Earlier this year, police were contacted after a 13-year-old boy told his parents about an online conversation during which a man allegedly made sexually-explicit comments and sent inappropriate images.

The boy had previously met the man, a coach with junior Australian Rules football on the North Coast, through his sport.

Police immediately commenced a covert online investigation.

It will be alleged in court that the man engaged a detective, who he believed to be the 13-year-old boy, in a number of sexually-explicit online conversations.

Detectives arrested the 42-year-old man at his home in Coffs Harbour around 4.45pm.

A search warrant was conducted on the home and the man's office where police seized a computer, a mobile phone and electronic storage devices.

The man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and charged with one count of using a carriage service to groom persons under 16; and four counts of using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to persons under 16.

He was refused bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Wednesday.

Detectives are speaking with other parents of children who received coaching and are also appealing to anyone with information to assist their investigations to come forward.



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