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Coodanup man charged after attempting to groom 14-year-old NSW girl

File image. Mandurah Courthouse. Photo: Tex Reeks.

Police have charged a Coodanup man in a national effort after he allegedly tried to groom a girl he came across in an online gaming platform.

In July, WA officers received information from New South Wales Police after a complaint was made by a parent regarding the communication their 14-year-old daughter was having with a person she had met on an online gaming platform.

Police said the initial stages of the investigation identified a person in WA being involved which saw Perth’s Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA-JACET) officers took carriage of the investigation.

Investigators allege the 14-year-old received more than 1,000 messages and 200 phone calls from the man within 20 days in May.

Officers further alleged the man was aware of the girl’s age and despite that he engaged in conversations of a sexual nature with her.

In September, detectives from WA-JACET executed a search warrant at a residence in Coodanup, where a man was arrested.

The 35-year-old Coodanup man has been charged with:
• 2 counts of Intent to procure a person believed to be under 16 years for sexual activity; and
• 12 counts of Intent to expose a person under 16 years to indecent matter

He appeared in the Mandurah Magistrates Court in September 18 and is due to reappear in the same court today.

The WA-JACET comprises members of the Western Australia Police Force and Australian Federal Police. The Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Teams across the country are Australia’s frontline in tackling, disrupting and prosecuting this insidious industry that causes significant harm to the most vulnerable in our community – our children.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation material are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reeks' interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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