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Sydney teacher charged with grooming child

A casual school teacher in Sydney has been charged following an investigation into alleged online grooming.

Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit began engaging online with a man from Sydney’s southwest on Monday.

Police will allege in court the man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually-explicit acts he wished to perform on the child and sent sexually-explicit material.

It will also be alleged the man was using his mobile phone to engage in conversations while at work.

Following extensive investigations, detectives arrested a 61-year-old man at Rosemeadow, just before 3pm on Tuesday.

Soon after, a search warrant was executed at a home at Woodbine, where detectives seized a laptop, a mobile phone and other electronic devices.

The man was charged with use carriage service to groom a child under 16 years for sex, two counts of using a carriage service to send indecent material, using a carriage service to solicit child abuse material, using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child abuse and producing child abuse material.

He was refused bail and will appear in Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday.

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