Mandurah Detectives have charged a Lakelands man after he allegedly approached young girls at a Meadow Springs park last week.
It’s alleged the man, with a blue ute, approached two girls, aged 11 and 12, outside the toilet block area of the Quarry Adventure Park on Pebble Beach Boulevard about 11.40am, on Friday.
Police will allege the man dropped a note with a coin stuck to it that wrote “come with me if you want more” and an opened condom packet in front of the two girls before walking behind a tree in the bush area.
Acting Superintendent Dean Snashall said investigators had “no doubt that the arrest today prevented… a child being potentially abducted from the Mandurah area”.
“The behavior that was escalating by this male person was extremely concerning,” Acting Superintendent Snashall said.
“To place a note with money at the feet of two children under the age of 13 in a public place is very concerning to us.”
Police say the Child Exploitation Team had been looking into the man for his online activity since August and they worked overtime to make the arrest.
Police charged the 48-year-old with engaging with a child under 16 in a social media platform online and exposing that 14-year-old to explicit material.
The man was further charged with Procure, Incite, Encourage a Child under 13-years to do an Indecent Act for his alleged interaction with the two girls last week.
Acting Superintendent Snashall said the two girls involved conducted themselves “very well” by running home to their parents but that it’s still essential to talk about child safety.
“It’s a sad indictment on where we are as a community, where we have to worry about our kids going to a public park, which is a very popular park in Meadow Springs,” he said.
“It’s important as parents that we have a chat with our children around their personal safety.
“I think this is very good evidence that these two children have had that conversation with their parents, were able to identify it was a risky situation and immediately left the area.”
Mr Snashall’s advice for concerned parents was to make sure their children are always in groups.
The 48-year-old Lakelands man appeared in the Mandurah Magistrates Court today and was refused bail.
He will appear again next week.
The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone who knows of any similar approaches made to children in the last few weeks in the Lakelands and Meadow Springs area to contact police.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.