Warwick man charged with grooming children online
POLICE are warning parents to monitor their children's internet usage, following the arrest of a Warwick man accused of grooming children he befriended online.
The 25-year-old's dramatic arrest unfolded on Friday morning when police forced their way into a Warwick property about 4am.
Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch detective Sergeant Darren Tamblyn said it was alleged the man used online platforms to groom children with the intent to expose them to indecent material.
"There is a lot of information out there are searching the internet safely so it was pretty disturbing to see there are online predators who can be pretty forthcoming to their approaches to people on the internet,” he said.
"It can take some time to befriend people online but it is an eye-opener and warning to parents to be wary of their children on the internet and make sure they are monitoring their activity.
The investigation was carried out as part of Taskforce Argos, a branch of the Queensland police dedicated to the investigation of online child abuse and exploitation.
Sgt Tamblyn said the 25-year-old was charged with four counts of grooming a child with intent to expose. He hs also accused of supplying and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.
The Warwick man appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday morning, where he was ordered to be remanded in custody until his next court date on May 2.