Toowoomba man arrested for online grooming: 75 charges

POLICE are again urging parents to be vigilant in supervising what material their children are accessing online after the arrest of a Toowoomba man on a raft of grooming and child pornography charges.  

The 25-year-old man, who, due to the nature of some of the charges, cannot be named until the matters are put before the higher court, is facing up to 75 charges.  

Those charges include 16 counts of using the internet to procure persons under the age of 16 to engage in, or submit to, sexual activity; 13 of using a carriage service to groom a person under 16; 10 of involving children in making exploitation material; seven of using the internet to transmit, make available, publish or distribute child pornography material; 21 of indecent treatment of a child (indecent film); five of using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to a person under 16; two of indecent treatment of a child under 16 (expose); and accessing child pornography material.  

The accused man has not as yet been required to enter any pleas to the charges and has been remanded on bail.  

Though no specific details of the case were aired when the matters were mentioned before Toowoomba Magistrates Court, The Chronicle understands the man was arrested and charged following a Taskforce Argos investigation.  


Online dangers

Following is a list of suggestions offered by police to help protect children from becoming a victim on the Internet:

  • Keep your computer in a family room, not in a bedroom, that way you can supervise its use and what is being accessed. 
  • Understand parenting controls on your internet browser and how to block websites and emails. 
  • Don't allow your child to submit personal information online without your permission or knowledge of why they are submitting it. 
  • Try to interact with your child while they are on the internet - expressing an interest can be both informative, reassuring and educational to both you and the child. 
  • Not everyone on the internet is who he or she may seem. Changing your identity is an easy process and strangers online may be difficult to recognise. 
  • Familiarise yourself and talk to your child about who they contact online. 
  • Never allow your child to have an unsupervised meeting off-line with anyone they meet online. 
  • Educate your child on the dangers of opening mail, especially those with attachments. 

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