A man has been charged with possessing child exploitation material after police allegedly found he was luring children on social media to send photos. FILE PHOTO
A man has been charged with possessing child exploitation material after police allegedly found he was luring children on social media to send photos. FILE PHOTO

Man charged with luring kids on social media to send photos

A SUNSHINE Coast man has been arrested for allegedly possessing child porn after police found he was luring children on social media using "cardless cash".

Detectives from the Maroochydore Child Protection and Investigation Unit have charged a man with 22 offences, after child exploitation material was located at a Burnside address on Saturday.

After a year-long investigation, police allege the 29-year-old man was approaching children under the age of 16 years old and requesting explicit videos and photos.

It is alleged he used social media to contact the children, engage in conversation and then offer money for the exploitation material.

The investigation launched in November last year allegedly exposed the man had been paying the children by using the "cardless cash" facility.

The Sunshine Coast man is charged with 21 counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 and one count of possessing child exploitation material.

He is due to face a Maroochydore Magistrates Court in January.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been contacted by the man to contact the Maroochydore Child Protection and Investigation Unit on 5475 2432.

Detectives also want parents to be aware of the dangers social media can pose for their children.



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