A 49-year-old Marrakai man was arrested and charged on Wednesday with child sex offences following a Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team investigation involving federal and NT detectives.
Police allege the man engaged in “indecent messaging” with online covert police detectives posing as a 14-year-old girl, from December 2020 to earlier this month.
JACET detectives raided the man’s Marakai home on Wednesday, seizing his phone and charging him with using a carriage service to procure a child under 16, transmitting indecent communication and using a carriage service to solicit child abuse material.
The man was either on parole or bail at the time of the arrest, with NT Police laying a failure to comply with reporting requirements charge as well.
“This arrest demonstrates the importance of law enforcement working together to protect Australian children from those who would seek to exploit them online,” said AFP Detective Superintendent Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson.
He was expected to appear before the Darwin Local Court today.
“The Northern Territory JACET will continue to work closely with our interstate counterparts to ensure the safety of all children,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Lawson.