Lightning Ridge: Child grooming charges for Western NSW man

In March 2020, detectives from Wollongong Police District commenced an investigation following reports an unknown man had sent an explicit letter to a school in the Wollongong area, directed at a 10-year-old boy.

Police seized child abuse material, among other items.

A 74-year-old man was arrested and taken to Lighting Ridge Police Station, where he was charged with one count of groom child under 14 years for unlawful sexual activity, and two counts of possess child abuse material.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Walgett Local Court in June.

Inquiries are continuing.


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